02/22/2011 11:18 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Paid Federal Maternity Leave? Not In America

It took Elin Betanzo eight years to stay home for three months with her first child.

She stockpiled leave for that long so she could dip into her time-off account at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after her son's birth. She forgot to plan for falling ill later.

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