From The Progressive Mormons, August 30, 2017:
Recently the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints instituted a new policy for its employees, providing up to six weeks of paid leave for new moms and up to one week of paid leave for new dads. I applaud this policy and congratulate the Church for taking this step. It makes sense that an institution dedicated to the family such as the LDS Church would do this when you consider that recent studies show paid family leave promotes healthier outcomes for the entire family.
These healthier outcomes are shown in a number of tangible and meaningful ways. Right off the bat, there is a 10% decline in infant mortality. With both parents on hand, there is less stress on the mother, and the father is able to be involved with child care and child activities right from birth. Interestingly, even ten days of paternity leave is a gift that goes on giving—Dads are more likely to stay involved with direct child care even when the leave is over. . . .
You can read the entire op-ed here.