Melissa Petro is a freelance writer, teacher, wife, and mother living in New York City.
She writes that the United States is one of two countries that doesn't require paid parental leave. The closest the US has is the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
As a self-employed worker, she doesn't qualify for the FMLA. When she had her first child, she didn't take parental leave.
Now that she's pregnant with her second child, Petro is planning to take time off. She won't be able to afford the "magic...
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