Link I saw this on the local news and it grabbed my interest. The article suggests a four week maternity leave be granted for new moms as it helps the mother and baby bond, rather than giving unexcused absences as is commonly done. I understand the need for mother and child to bond after pregnancy, for them to heal/rest, and for the mother to take some time (if not previously done) to learn how to take care of their child. However the article does not state how the mothers will make up the four weeks of absences, although it does point to other school districts that offer class credits for nutrition, and others that offer a school that starts at 4:30pm in order to help the mother stay active in school while having time with her child. Now, I am all for mothers bonding with their children (especially newborns) as I am for mothers staying in high school to obtain their diplomas, however I do see an issue when teachers, school districts and taxpayers have to pay (literally and figuratively) to cater to these new mothers. And with a high rate of teenage pregnancy (5.45% in Denver amongst girls ages 15 to 17) this poses a large burden both financially and morally. So I was just wondering what other MR readers thought about this issue. I agree with credits towards nutrition (provided the mother do some form of paper work indicating proper nutrition in regards to newborns), but other than that I think mothers should have to either wait until the next semester to attend classes (as four weeks of absences would more than fail any student) or make plans to work with tutors and do their classwork from home.