The Wider Image: New mothers suffer nerves, guilt as maternity leave ends
Marlena Mucha, 31, her husband Wojciech Flakiewicz, 39, and sons Borys, 4, and Julek, 1, pose for a photograph at their apartment in Warsaw, Poland, February 26, 2019. Marlena took 52 weeks of paid maternity leave. In Poland, a woman who is employed, can take to 52 weeks of paid leave after the birth of a child, and be paid around 80 percent of her salary. The father is entitled to two weeks of paid paternity leave, but he may also take over some part of the mother's leave. "For the first month I will work only 4-5 hours daily. This way the process of leaving my son, will be more gradual. So I will have some time to get used to it. But it is difficult at the beginning. I believe it is harder for me than for him", Marlena said. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel SEARCH "MOTHERS GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.