“All my friends, my cousins and sisters are married and have children. They always ask me, ‘What are you waiting for?’ I can’t waste any more time; I’m almost 30! I’m getting married, and if my marriage doesn’t go well, at least I'll have my child”
Comparison of parental leave policies
In Russia, mothers receive 140 days of maternity leave at 100 percent salary, which cannot exceed 34,583 rubles (864 euros, $1,260). For a year and a half, 40 percent of the mother’s salary is paid, which cannot exceed 13,833 rubles (345 euros, $500). The main advantage for Russian mothers may be that they can remain on maternity leave for up to three years without losing their jobs.
United Kingdom: maternity leave may last up to 40 weeks, of which only 18 are paid. The salary is 90 percent of average weekly earnings for the first six weeks, followed by the regular rate.
Norway: Maximum of 52 weeks per birth. Women who have worked for six out of the previous 10 months before giving birth are entitled to financial benefits of 100 percent of salary for 42 weeks; others receive 80 percent of average earnings for up to 25 weeks.
Sweden: 450 days off, to be shared between the mother and father of the child. Maternity leave for mothers with 80 percent of monthly salary lasts over 12 months.
United States: Federal law requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, although employees may be required to use vacation time to cover part of the leave. Individual states or companies may provide additional leave.