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One more reason why Europe is a nice place….

January 23, 2007
Filed under: Baby Dunbar, Blog — Kerry @ 2:34 pm

Their approach to childbirth and time off.

My cousin and his wife live in the Netherlands and are expecting a baby. Women stop working one month before they’re due and have six months to a year off, with job protection. Men also take time off (not 3 days or a week either). In Germany, jobs are protected for 3 years, although the salary is not paid after the first few months off. Part time work is very accepted, whether you work at a store or are a physician. I also found out that pregnant physicians in Germany are not allowed to be in a room where procedures that involve radiation are performed; aren’t allowed to draw blood, place IVs, or do invasive procedures; and aren’t allowed to take overnight call. Wow.

Another reason Europe is a nice place? Outstanding chocolate.

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