Job-protected leaves from employment for employed women at the time they are due to give birth and following childbirth (or adoption in some countries). In some countries the pre-birth leave is compulsory as is a 6-10 week leave following birth. In most countries beneficiaries may combine pre- with post-birth leave.

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