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Mark Zuckerberg Will Take Two Months' Paternity Leave to Care for the Zuckerbaby

The Facebook CEO is pretty much the opposite of Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer.


Dad-to-be and public emoter-in-chief Mark Zuckerberg is planning to take a full two months off after his wife, Priscilla Chan, gives birth to their baby girl. That's almost two months more than Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer took off three years ago, despite being the parent who actually, you know, had the baby. (It also happens to be the max paid time he'd get if he were a dad at Yahoo!) But at Facebook, as Zuck takes the opportunity to explain today in a personal missive, both parents can take four months' paid leave at any point throughout the year. 

Mayer is expecting twins in December, and she has said she plans to repeat her 2012 approach of basically not stopping working at all (and we're guessing her CEO suite is sufficiently roomy for two cribs this time.) Maybe if Mayer worked at Facebook, where it's a taboo not to take the full four months, she'd allow herself more time off?

Zuck's full post:

Zuckerberg posted a photo of the family dog, Beast, hanging out with the baby seat.

Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter's arrival. We've been picking out our favorite childhood books and toys.

We've also been thinking about how we're going to take time off during the first months of her life. This is a very personal decision, and I've decided to take 2 months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives.

Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families. At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.

Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we're excited to start this next stage in our lives.

Here's a photo of Beast with our baby seat. I think he knows something's up.


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