Yes, the United States should provide paid maternity leave. Not all new mothers have the money or help to immediately return to work after having a baby. If there is no maternity leave, the woman might have to quit her job in order to do a decent job at her God given right of having children. Paternity leave should also be offered. If the mother does not want to take time off of work, and the father rather would take time off of work, it would not be fair to him if he had to quit his job to stay at home with his new born child. Right now US law allows three months of maternity AND paternity leave. However, this is not paid time off, unless the company provides it. Many other countries provide much more generous maternity and paternity leave. The majority of countries do provide paid time off. Sweden, for example, allows 40 months for the mother and the farther to split up until the child is 8 years old. The US should not only provide maternity and paternity leave, but they should also reconsider the benefits which they provide new parents.