Lower child mortality rates when longer paid maternity leave in LMICs

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alum Arijit Nandi, PhD, is lead author on a study published in PLOS Medicine that finds a correlation between lower child mortality rates and longer paid maternity leave in low and middle income countries. The findings of the study have received attention on BigNewsNetwork.com.

Paid maternity leave linked to better child vaccination coverage

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alum Arijit Nandi, PhD, is co-author on a paper published in Social Science & Medicine that studied 20 low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) and found that more generous paid maternity leave benefits were associated with higher rates of immunization for DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), commonly administered during clinic visits after birth.

Lisa Berkman on link between maternity leave & mental health featured in Harvard Chan School’s The Big 3

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s news feature The Big 3 asks Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, three questions about a recent paper that found that women who received more generous maternity leave benefits with their first born child experienced better mental health that extended in older age. Other co-authors of the study, published in Social Science & Medicine, include Pop Center faculty member and former Bell…