The Wider Image: New mothers suffer nerves, guilt as maternity leave ends
Tatiana Barcellos, 37, a civil servant for the Federal Prosecutor's Office, her eight-month-old daughter Alice, and her husband Marcelo Valenca, 39, a teacher at a navy school, pose for a photograph on the day Tatiana went back to work, at their home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 28, 2019. The statutory leave for mothers who work in the public sector in Brazil is 120 to 180 days. Fathers are entitled to five days. Tatiana took two months holidays in addition to six months maternity leave. Marcelo had 20 days of paternity leave. "I feel anxious and worried that my absence will cause stress to my baby. I think mothers should have at least one year of maternity leave, considering the physical and emotional needs of babies in full development", Tatiana said. "I had six months of maternity leave only because I am a federal worker ... I think 180 days is still not enough to meet to the needs of a newborn baby." REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "MOTHERS GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.