TABLE 3

Association Between Maternity Leave Length and Time of Return to Work (N = 6150)a

CharacteristicsTime of Return to Work (wk)P
1–67–12>=13Not Yet Returned to Work
Total maternity leave, wk<.0001
    1–654.522.310.712.6
    7–1210.069.411.39.3
    ≥136.629.354.99.2
    Did not take maternity leave10.216.322.950.6
Paid maternity leave, wk<.0001
    028.939.420.111.6
    1–632.640.216.211.1
     ≥77.758.924.78.6
    Did not take maternity leave10.216.322.950.6
  • Row percentages are shown.

  • a Sample restricted to singletons whose biological mothers were the respondent at the 9-month wave and worked in the 12 months before delivery. SOURCE: US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, ECLS-B Longitudinal 9 Month-Preschool Restricted Use data file.