There's a great piece of legislation out there called The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
, and I bet you never heard of it. What this lovely bill does for you is entitling dads to the same amount of time off as moms during the first year after Baby has made an appearance.
This means that dads can take up to 12 weeks off work, same as moms, at any point in the first 12 months after the birth. Do people do it? No. Should they do it? Yes.
Most dads only take a few days off after the baby is born, either because they are not aware of their rights as a new parent or because they think they can't afford the virtually unpaid
time off (to check out how other countries do this, check out Sweden's parental leave benefits