The U.S. catches a lot of flack for being the only economically developed country with no nationally paid maternity or parental leave. There are 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave for public servants and workers at larger companies. Some states offer six weeks of disability pay to mothers during late pregnancy, birth and recovery. A few states step in with paid family leave after the disability payments run out, but even the best, California and New Jersey, offer just six weeks. Some employers are generous. But other than that, moms and dads are on their own.