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Co-workers donating vacation time to new moms so they can stay home and bond with their newborns is gaining momentum at workplaces around the country.

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An article on Good Morning America explored the growing trend of co-workers donating their own vacation time to their colleagues.

Babies born to single moms who can't afford to stay at home with their newborns are most affected by developmental and economic disadvantage, according to child experts.

Those children tend to perform poorly in school and have difficulty maintaining relationships later on in life due to the lack of adequate bonding in their first few months of life.

Most states don't offer government employees paid maternity leave beyond a week.

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That's why some co-workers have taken it upon themselves to donate their vacation time to give women like Jessie Simpson, of Nebraska, 12 weeks off to bond with her newborn baby.

"I had more bonding time with my child and I was able to establish a much better breastfeeding routine,” Sampson told GMA. She said she is grateful to her colleagues for selflessly donating their vacation time to her.

"That’s time they could be spending relaxing, and to give it to me to spend time with my child, I’m really grateful for that."

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  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I think the men should get this too .... hopefully one day

  • Coffee1st

    omg, i never thought of that!!! that’s an excellent gift to give to a coworker.

  • Fire & Ice

    I'm here for this. A mother should not be forced back to work, so quickly after having a baby. Newborns need time to bond with their mom.

  • Coffee1st

    By all means! That initial bonding in infancy is so very important - with the mother AND the father.

  • Coffee1st

    In France they get a ridiculous amount of PAID time off.

  • Coffee1st

    at least that’s what the Michael Moore doc said

  • Rayne

    americas selfish ass needs this!!

  • Tink Tink

    This sounds good, but how about companies providing new PARENTS more time off so that other employees can enjoy the time they have worked for to with their families as well.

  • Coffee1st

    Not in USA Inc.

  • Rayne

    Yea I know ?

  • datjerk

    I need all my time for me

  • Boonella

    I did that...I gifted the woman forty hours, so she could stay home for an additional week....a lot of us did. She was out for at least three months. All paid!

  • Coffee1st

    Didn’t mean to be a downer.
    But if it helps, tomorrow’s Friday - hope you have a spectacular weekend ??

  • Kemi

    This is something I’ll do to relieve new mothers/ fathers. I think it’s a generous idea.

  • justlooking

    Federal Govt doeS this. My coworkers donated over 6 months to me. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL.

  • Coffee1st

    40 hours?????
    You are a Saint. I would have made you the Godmother!!!!!!

  • bella28498 .

    This is why I will never have a child while working corporate America..... instead of coworkers donating their hard earned time how about these Fortune 500 companies give new mothers a year off? ? I heard these jobs only give women 6 to 12 weeks off after giving birth ? that is disgusting.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    When I worked for the feds ... leave donation was done all the time ..... good to see private sector is taking this on ... Good stuff

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • MookieFly

    I saw a documentary that talked about healthcare in other countries and they have us beat by a long shot. Some countries let BOTH parents take time off with child and if mother chooses to go back to work, she can give her maternity to him so someone can stay with the baby longer.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I never had leave donations ..... never asked but they sure do .... My azz just took off .... fugg it .... did my six weeks maternity... and literally worked all the way up ... actually went in the same day I was admitted into the hospital ... but yes this is done all the time ... private sector not so much ... Good to see things are changing .....

  • FukkFolks2018

    So...this is just NOW catching on? I had a baby 13.5 years ago and I got 3 weeks of donated vacation. Was home total about 14 weeks. It was the start of the year (her bday is 1/22) and it was also the last year they allowed us to rollover outstanding vacation. So some of the folks who had been there eons had vacation out the ass. Shouts out to the capital city newspaper! Yall were PTO trailblazers lol.

  • Yup, I said it

    Its will be the same people on maternity paternity leave every 16-20 months. Then once they finish growing their family they will leave the company for a better paying job with better overall family benefits and flexible hours.

  • Tink Tink

    I told my wife, before we have another child, one of us needs to get hired by Netflix. They get a year off PAID paternity/maternity leave, and that includes adoption.

  • Tink Tink

    I once donated 24 hours of time to a woman when she lost her home. The company not only allowed us to donate time to other employees, but we were able to cash our time in. So, many people donated their time so she could cash it all in. It was a DOD, which made A LOT of money during the Iraq and Afghan wars. Its no longer here :(

  • supastar

    Where was this at when I had children?... Nah, i'll keep my time. Plus, my job now gives you 16 weeks.

  • bella28498 .

    Yea one of u better get hired at Netflix because going back to work after giving birth 6 weeks later is extremely unhealthy for mother and child

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hell I think I did 6 or 8 weeks ... shewt ... hell I ain't working now so if I have another have all the time in the world shewt ... I didn't have that much time off .... hell I used up my leave ..then when she came my leave kept getting swiped by doctor appointments etc.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f7401c5bf619f9ce38706b897da4a3c8359ec19ff77abcd4460251ff9b1135b4.gif

  • Carrington

    We've been doing this at my job for years. People who have illnesses that take them away from work for extended periods, those with sick children or, family members can be donated time too. Or, if you just want to say, "I want to give 8.00 of PTO to Rolendra." you can do that too.
    Only problem is created is people walking around ASKING for PTO time from people. THAT $hit is aggravating. Let me OFFER you some of my PAY (because that's what it is) don't walk up to me with a form saying, "Don't you want to give me some PTO time?" For asking, NO! No the F*ck I don't."

  • Boonella

    We did that for an employee that passed away. We sent it to his spouse.

  • Boonella

    LMAOOOO what the heck....that's crazy.

  • FukkFolks2018

    She was a semi-preemie. Semi bc she weighed 5 pounds even though she was a month early lol. She was fine tho but doc recommended the extra time. My ex husband got quite a bit of paid time that didnt deplete his leave... from his then job too. I cant believe companies just now doing this. Sad about it actually.

  • Vonn

    I wish I was nice enough to do this.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I also had time donated when my mother had her second bout of breast cancer. Matter of fact then they just told me to go. My then boss (who has the same bday as me and we're still cool to this DAY) was like Bye! See you in 6 weeks... and dont worry about a paycheck. We got you. I was in nonprofits then. We ALL know how frugal nonprofits are. This was 2001. Companies need their asses STRAIGHT stomped for just NOW being human. Like wtf?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Im just glad it's changing .. Had plenty of friends in private sector that didn't have benefits feds had... Change is good... Cause man ?

  • RespectSelf

    While they have been doing this for years... it is nice to see it getting talked about. Hopefully they will allow new moms to have more time by the time I have another one. I really want them to reach for a full 6 months to a year lol

  • Bashi22

    My country is the best 1yr maternity leave Standard and 8months for a male if they choose who to stay home

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    now that is unheard of in America wow ... That's dope

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Good deal!

  • Ladyshopper

    I want to give some of my 989 hours of sick time to who I want to have it, but they want to put it in a bank and they might or might not approve for your friend/co-worker to get it...so I just lose some at the end of the year.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I think Germany is the best. I think you can request up to two years. My industry works closely with Germany/Europe overall. One lady been gone since Oct 2017.

  • Miss Thang

    Disgusting that the wealthiest country in the world can't guarantee working parents this benefit. These companies make huge profits every year and top management gets all these bonuses and lowly workers still have to sacrifice to give away their vacation pay to other employees. It doesn't make sense.

  • Miss Thang

    French people don't play with their government like we do over here. The French government still scared from when the people made all those heads roll during their Revolution few hundred years ago.

  • Miss Thang

    are you in Canada?

  • Tiff J

    As a childless person, I'd like so say WHAT ABOUT ME?!?!? You're not "special" just cause you popped a whole new human out your body, they kick you out the hospital in one day, which means you are fit to go back to work by the end of that week. Put your newborn in your desk draw and get back to work. :half way kidding.... half way not LOL:

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    My job offers 6 weeks PAID maternity leave for vaginal births and 8 weeks for C-sections. I took off 3 1/2 months with my 2 kids. NO COMPANY/BODY will tell me how long to bond with my baby. That's the only opportunity you have with your baby. If anything I would be fighting for PATERNAL leave for the fathers. That's my 2 cents, yall can keep the change.......lol

  • tintin

    This is sad luckily Canada is about accomodating the working mom and dad

  • SummerBaby

    I like that companies allow employees to donate, just don’t try to force/guilt me into donating mine.

  • Fuk.U.Fuk.Him.Fuk.Her.Fuk.Yal

    Awwee so sweet and nice of them..... But baby! I need my vacation time, all I can do is buy you a pack of pampers and send you a selfie of me on vacation.... okayyyyy???

  • davine puddin

    I have 2 co workers who are preggo but before than they always called out or have lack of work ethics. So thats a no for me. Post office blues!

  • xenaD

    This is nothing new! All jobs should have this available... it is awesome. In the bulletin boards they have “donation” signs where u can donate some of your vacation hours, not just to new moms but they’re plenty of sob stories on those boards... it’s a great but uhm I’m not donating but kudos to those of u who do! & they do

  • Meme

    Every one will hate me but i don't think I'd be indulging in that!!!! How about if the co workers are single mums themselves they also need time off for their kids, i tell you what i didnt realise the easiest time is when their newborns....when they start school or are being bullied and you need to change school or the teen years and all that good stuff *sigh* newborn years for me where the simplest.....no no no I'm think a trip to mother care or some money /gift vouchers will be what they get from me

  • Dowoop

    Only people I know that have more vacation time than they can use are executives and that cuz they asses always just off without using their vacation time.

  • Dowoop

    Yes we are special. Don't be giving people ideas about bringing their kids to work. Some of us can barely stand our own nevermind someone elses. half way kidding.... half way not LOL:

  • seun

    Damn! Y'all Americans have it rough out there....

  • Dowoop

    Canada is similar but they don't pay for two years, just the one.

  • Dowoop

    Nobody in their right mind would approach me at work with that B.S

  • Dowoop

    I am routinely sick at least one Friday out of the every month

  • Phillybruh

    I work for the Govt, I got a ton of vacation time, I'm use or lose at this point I donate sometimes to people in need of leave not just new moms.

  • Dowoop

    I know people that didn't even leave their house for 6 weeks never mind go back to work.

  • Rere

    My coworkers use to call off all the time, then when they really needed that time they wanted us to donate our hour's!!! Nope, not me?

  • FlyMiss

    I feel grateful for living in Canada where we get a whole year of maternity leave and don't need to do this. You can even do 18 months if you want (you'll get paid less tho)

  • FlyMiss

    in Canada you can

  • Hotfiyah

    Riiight...I feel grateful being Canadian for more than this reason lol.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Let me guess: Canada doesn't have roving gangs of thugs killing innocent babies in shootouts. And the crime rate is probably nonexistent in Canada -- all because are babies bonding with their moms.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Yes, that's what I did I gave her 3 weeks, hell then everyone start giving time...her baby is 4 months no return yet LOL.

  • Dreadboi

    Is this being done for fathers also since we in the equal rights for women and men days?? Would only be fair since most men only get a wk and most women get 3 mnths plus depending on job benefits.. Or is this only for single females???

  • RealATLPeach36

    YA think LOOK and our Oompa Loompa President
    Oompa loompa doompety doo
    I've got a perfect puzzle for you
    Oompa loompa doompety dee
    If you are wise you'll listen to me

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    America will never be a great country until we do right by the children. New moms should automatically get a year of maternity leave. New dads should get at least 3 months to stay at home with their wives and newborns.

  • Coffee1st

    I think that the beauty of it is folks are giving time voluntarily. I know you’re comment was light hearted but at same time it seems some folk are ALMOST taking offense to the notion.
    This is about an option, a choice. If one chooses not to, they are well within their rights. Personally, i’m glad SR posted this. It’s a gift that’s never crossed my mind but something i would love to give a mother and her new baby.

  • Boonella

    Yea she appreciated it...lol

  • MsJC

    In CA I got paid leave from the state for 12 weeks, and another 6 weeks bonding time but paid with my vacation time.

  • Coffee1st

    ????

  • FlyMiss

    who said any of that Sandra? All i said is we get a year of PAID maternity leave. AND we still get vacation time on top of that depending on your employer

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I was actually complimenting Canada for giving moms a year off to allow them to bond with their babies. The lack of bonding is reflected in the crime rate in America.

  • cherrypie

    Some companies have paternity leave. Not alot but some.

  • Candance

    Right... mine is the same amount of time and I took 4 months with my daughter and 6 with my son... no one said anything!!!! I needed it.

  • seun

    I think what each state govt has to do is make it statutory i.e make it part of the employment standards /law and shouldnt be given or seen as a benefit by corporations.

    In Canada, it's currently 16-18mths.if you go for 18 Mths you get lower Employment Insurance .

  • isaiit

    Lol! I tell my job the absolute truth. “

    I didn’t sleep well at all last night. I was up way too late because I couldn’t fall asleep. I won’t be in today. Imma try and sleep.”

    There always like, “Oh no. We’ll see you tomorrow.”

    For me the truth will do! ?

  • Mo Mobetta

    Uhh my PTO carry’s over If I don’t use it.. they give the option to donate.. I just don’t take it.. I need all my time

  • Dowoop

    Considering I work from home 4 days out of the week, they will be side eyeing my ass through the damn monitor...lol. I need that day when I am not obligated to answer that damn cell phone or answer anyone's email.

  • MadameMixi

    When I worked in corporate I was thankful for 5 months paid maternity leave. I added in my other PTO for a full 6 months home with my daughter. They also offered 2 months paternity leave for the dads and gave us the option to donate to others. It takes a village!!!

  • Meme

    If i decide to have a baby i don't see how that would be your responsibility to give me your time off, i tell you what I'd feel bl00dy guilty if that was what my co workers clubbed together to give me, then on top of that I'd feel i owe everyone "one" no thanks not i. Hold on so if five of my co workers got pregnant and i gave them a week each what would be left for me.

  • Meme

    You are too kind and very generous

  • Rayne

    Thank you! You as well ?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    "It takes a village!!!" More people really need to understand that.

  • Yup, I said it

    You better know it! Then those same folks who got the time donated won't give up time for others because they need all their time until the child is about 15 yr old for sick days, Dr appt, school visits, summer vacation,snow days etc.

  • Bashi22

    Canada and UK

  • Bashi22

    Correct Gang does as gang but not at the rate as Amerikka

  • Meme

    Totally agreed it should be the company s responsibility not the co-workers

  • Latisaj

    When my daughter was ill my co workers provided me with some of their PTO. Very sweet sentiment indeed...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Somebody has to work to support the family. Men don't need a whole year off. They will abuse the privilege.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Lol! I don't get any tax deductions for my children anymore. Mine are grown. And I'm totally okay with that. Lol!

  • Eileen

    Men must work if they donnot they will watch porn all day and ask the women next door for a cup of suger

  • Eileen

    and no daddies in the home. America will always have issues with crime until we get the foundation firmly established "no ring, no womb! Level up!

  • Eileen

    Nope it will make you lazy and addicted to porn while you are getting a cup of sugar from the neighbor next door

  • Eileen

    men DONNOT need 8 months they will only cheat on youand watch porn!!! men are not wired to deal with homemaking and a young baby.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Cause anything can happen: ill, sick family, death in fam, pissed at boss, pissed at family, don’t wanna be bothered.....

  • Monty Bee

    Well seeing as men don't have a big open wound on their insides from a placenta detaching and don't have to heal from having their pelvic bones literally shift and either have their nether regions stretch (and sometimes split from the front to back) to accommodate a whole human coming out OR having their lower abdomens cut open through all layers and have their guts laid to the side and a baby pulled out, then no, no they shouldn't have the same amount of time off. And let's not even talk about the risk of infection and the post partum hormonal changes (which are something really serious and wreak all kinds of havoc). It's like some people, in trying and failing to be funny, don't even consider the medical necessity of mothers having time to heal.

  • Monty Bee

    You must have never cared for a newborn. Maternity leave is NOT vacation. FOH!

  • SellieBaby

    I agree 100% with that first sentence. I keep saying that we have to start with these babies and the family structure and time we are providing them.

  • dontgetblocked

    Wouldn't be me. They need to use birth control if they can't afford to have a baby. I wish I would. I earned and need my damn vacay time. Everyone acts like mothers are so more valuable to the earth than a childless woman. Nope! I need my rest too. Get the phuck out of here!

  • dontgetblocked

    Men and women at my job get up to 16 weeks of paternity leave. But let you have a surgery for an illness and they want you back to work full force in 6 to 8 weeks. I want four months to recover. Heck, give me a year. Auntie, you're a nurse. You know you don't recover fully from surgery for a year or two. Childless people deserve extended leave too.

  • dontgetblocked

    They already do. I know some men who get more paternity leave than their wives who had the baby. And believe you me...they keep having babies and taking the four months off.

  • dontgetblocked

    Right. I have surgery and I have to fight for 6 to 8 weeks of recovery time. Meanwhile many new mothers are back in the club popping it like its hot. Nope, I'll be keeping all of my time.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Recovery time for back, hip or knee surgery is about 4-6 weeks. The key is to begin rehab early, not lay in bed for weeks.

  • Logan Roberts

    These corporations/companies need they ass beat.

  • Queen B

    Im self employed so my black ass gotta say up these coins for about 6 months before I give birth again and my bf is too lol

  • Monty Bee

    Lies people tell on the internet. There's nothing wonderful about sleep deprivation. My life is just fine. No struggles over here! What was that assumption based on?

  • Kimberly King

    Chile ... my selfish ass would never donate my vacation time to another coworker. Lmao I would have to work from home or teach online classes at a university or something if I were a mom to a young child. When I have kids, I want to stay at home until they go off to kindergarten. I can’t fathom putting my baby in daycare.

  • Kimberly King

    AGREED !!!!! At least 1 year.

  • Dreadboi

    So because men can't push a fetus out there body they shouldn't have ample bonding time?? Noone is saying women shouldn't have time to heal after such an ordeal, im simple talking bout bonding with a newborn..

  • Dowoop

    Oh really? What agency she work for?

  • Bashi22

    some European countries are good for maternity leave

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    You know I did see that in some research ... man some cultures respect their mothers ..... good to see it's at least being acknowledge now here ... a step in a different direction is always good

  • Yup, I said it

    Hell yeah, and dont put me in a position where I have to tell you "no" because I will. They got 9 months to save budget and prepare for it.

  • SayWhatNow?

    I am having some serious baby fever and so is my fiance, but we have one kid that is 18, two kids that are 17 and two that are 15. Should we start over? What's a girl to do??? I work from home anyway so I won't need anyone to donate their vacay time.

  • Yup, I said it

    I will pray that Jesus be the bonding glue for mommy and baby but I will not be donating any pto. Americans are already over worked, and burned out. We also get the least amount of vacation time of all developed nations. Pto is necessary to reduce workplace violence and all the other crazy stuff people do when they don't have a good work life balance

  • Bashi22

    Yes but America will eventually change once the people start to rebel, we are in Uranus for 7yrs. Wait an see you will see tons of rebellion by the people and government will change their views on certain things.

  • Trace da Ace

    Girl..... I have 3 boys with the oldest being 19 and my youngest is just turned 6...and I'm pregnant with baby #4.....trust me...it is never to late to start over....its a blessing and I'm excited!!! Go for it!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    See.....I would never ask nor except anybody donating their PTO to me for having a baby....I would not take it. We all work hard and earn our PTO and I feel it would be a bit selfish for me to take anybody else just for having a baby.....I feel it would be a unfair especially to those women who cannot have kids....like getting special treatment or something......that's my opinion.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Uranus in Taurus ... Authority bout to change ..... real talk .... stay grounded ... it's about to go down ...... Feel ya !!!!

  • Bashi22

    Yes changes are going to happen from food to bank lol Im staying grounded for real

  • Sister Hazel

    That would've been awesome. I actually only had a week off then I worked from home (1 month)so I could spend more time with my newborn and still get paid.I'm a contract recruiter so I don't get PTO.

  • FlyMiss

    I'm not going to act like Canada is perfect though, I'm from Toronto and we have violence here as well

  • Misslaydj

    We get 4 months at my job

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Auntie, are you thinking about having a baby??

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    At my age? You've got to be kidding? ?

  • SayWhatNow?

    Congratulations! We're seriously thinking about it because we both love kids, and these teenagers won't let me love all over them anymore?, they dont have time.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Brigitte Nielsen just popped a baby out at 55. It's never too late Auntie lol IVF has been making miracles happen daily lol

  • MRiGOThim

    tell em stop using up all their time before they have all these babies then they wouldn't have to borrow time from co-workers...My job allows this as well lmao :P

  • PynkCloudz

    I took 5 months off, some of my co-workers take 12 months.

  • dontgetblocked

    It depends on the surgery and your body. If there is a bone fusion surgery it gets complicated. you have to wait to start rehab. I'm still healing from a foot surgery two years later.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I hope you feel better, hun.