The Wider Image: New mothers suffer nerves, guilt as maternity leave ends
Itziar Rufo Lopez, 42, who works in the communication department of a business foundation, poses with her husband Manuel Blazquez, 41, and their son Asier, five and a half months old, at their home a day after Itziar returned to work, in Madrid, Spain, February 26, 2019. Statutory maternity leave in Spain is 16 weeks. Rufo added her vacation and breastfeeding times to her maternity leave. "It should be extended to a whole year, when you have already introduced other foods apart from breast milk", she said. "I'm happy about returning to my professional life, but I also would like to spend more time with him, especially now that he's beginning to interact with us. Now is the time when you begin to really enjoy your baby, when he gives you a smile back. I think we go back to work just when we begin to really enjoy our babies." As of March 6, paid paternity leave in Spain has been extended from five to eight weeks. REUTERS/Susana Vera SEARCH "MOTHERS GLOBAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.