Narrator: This is Science Today. A new study has linked longer maternity leave with less risk of caesarean sections and increased rates of breastfeeding. But Sylvia Guendelman, a professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health, says their findings also indicate the higher up the corporate ladder women are, the less likely they are to take enough time off.
Guendelman: Leave takers were more likely to be clerical workers, whereas women in managerial jobs were less likely to take leave. It seems that managerial women might be more attached to the labor force, more committed to feelings that they need to e really in control of their work and the decision-making and that perhaps taking more time off might jeopardize their career opportunities.
Narrator: Because of the health benefits and cost savings, Guendelman says taking maternity leave before and after delivery is a smart investment. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.