While American mothers are not guaranteed paid maternity leave, U.S. Census numbers show roughly half of first-time moms receive some form of it. Those numbers aren't stellar compared to many other countries, but companies that offer paid paternity leave are still few and far between.
First the good news: 60 percent of men we surveyed said they would take paid paternity leave if it was offered. These dads recognize and understand that taking time off after a new baby is born is about much more than recovering from the strains of labor and delivery. But unfortunately, even the men in favor of paternity leave are often hesitant to take it.
Thirty-two percent of men we surveyed said they are in favor of companies offering paid paternity leave, but wouldn’t personally take it. Of that group, 15 percent said they’d decline the leave out of fear it would hurt their career.
“You’ll always wind up being labeled as the guy who cares more about his off-hours than his on-hours,” said one man we surveyed.