Baby Time
California parents entitled to more maternity leave than they know

About this project

For parents of newborns – or those expecting one – congratulations. If you’re having your baby in California, expect some generous maternity and paternity benefits. They’re way better than federal benefits, which only guarantee 12 weeks of unpaid leave. The problem is, not many workers in the state know what they’re entitled to.

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California’s generous maternity leave benefits sometimes unknown to working parents

For parents of newborns – or those expecting one – congratulations! And start planning.

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Authors

Lauren M. Whaley

Lauren M. Whaley

Lauren M. Whaley is a photographer, radio producer and print reporter specializing in topics related to mental illness, reproductive health care and health disparities. She is also a childbirth photographer.

This year, she is working on a series about how low-income parents access care for perinatal mental illnesses. The project is funded by the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.

Whaley was a 2016-17 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

Her work has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) STEM story project. She has contributed radio, video, photography and written stories to KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and other media outlets. For six years, I worked as the Center for Health Reporting's multimedia journalist, based in Los Angeles. She is a past president of the national organization Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and spent her early 20s leading canoe expeditions for young women, including a solo-led 45-trip in the Canadian Arctic. 

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