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Why paternity leave benefits the mother most




Oliver Hunke, 42, a married federal employee on 6-month paternity leave, feeds his twin 14-month-old daughter Alma lunch at his home on August 31, 2010.
Oliver Hunke, 42, a married federal employee on 6-month paternity leave, feeds his twin 14-month-old daughter Alma lunch at his home on August 31, 2010.
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What's the best thing you can do for your wife, who's just had a baby? Take a nice, long paternity leave.

Increasingly, men are embracing programs that let them spend six weeks or more with their newborns. Social scientists say that while it's good for the dad and the infant, it may be the mother who benefits the most.

Writer Liza Mundy details the case for paternity leave in an article published at Atlantic.com.