Paid leave to be a parent — lots of countries have healthy policies for it. Why don't we?
Not being able to take paid family leave places families in tough corners.
Many years ago, after a difficult night of trying to calm my asthmatic 2-year-old's respiratory cold, she took a turn for the worse. She began to have "chest retractions," which is what happens when the lungs aren't doing the work of bringing in and expelling air efficiently, so the torso muscles start actually pumping the lungs for survival.
This is what those look like. It's terrifying, and when this happens, oxygen levels in the blood can get dangerously low.