What do people think of this?
While I am all for it in principle, I don't see how it can work if the Government has to foot the entire bill and not employers (its covered a bit by both in the UK so it is more than possible to do, although culturally would be hard to implement here I know).
I don't understand the stuff about it being unfair because all babies are worth the same. Its not about the babies. Its about the mothers! They have the same outgoing as they did before babies, in fact way more as we all know how expensive the little darlings are. Paying someone who has a large mortgage minimum wage for 18 weeks doesn't allow them to stay out of the workforce for more than a few weeks in reality (although its a great start of course).