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MATERNITY. The state or condition of a mother.
     2. It is either legitimate or natural. The former is the condition of the mother who has given birth to legitimate children, while the latter is the condition of her who has given birth to illegitimate children. Maternity is always certain, while the paternity (q.v.) is only presumed.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"If you are self-employed, you can get maternity allowance but this pales compared to the maternity packages that some of your employed friends might be on."
This maternity health clinic had been established at Daska during British rule in 1940, and it remained the first and only maternity health clinic before the creation of Pakistan.
Previously, female workers could take maternity leave of 60 days for normal delivery and 78 days for caesarian operations.
" Prior to this law, the maternity leave benefit in the Philippines was limited to 60 days for normal deliveries and 78 days for caesarian section deliveries, which is a far cry from what developed countries provide, like Finland's 1,127 days (161 weeks), Japan's 406 days (58 weeks), or Canada's 364 days (52 weeks).
"This is also the culmination of our long engagement and campaign to provide mothers with longer maternity leave," the group said in a statement.
The Expanded Maternity Leave Act was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte last February and would grant 105 days of paid maternity leave with option to extend for 30 days without pay.
It sought amendment to the Punjab Maternity Benefits Ordinance of 1958 to facilitate and encourage the involvement and retention of women in the workforce.
He explained that the school only made two requests for relief teachers for staff on maternity leave, adding that their request did not succeed given that they were submitted late.
To evaluate the provision of ENBC services in all maternity homes under the aegis of AMC.
According to Labour, this is just a snapshot of the looming crisis faced by the country's maternity services.
MothersThe assessment involving 53 hospitals consisted of two categories, according to SITA: the assessment of mothers-to-be and mothers who have recently given birth, and an expert evaluation.Since last August until May 2nd, 944 mothers-to-be and mothers who recently gave birth evaluated Slovak maternity wards.