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First babies born in 2020: Ariadna and Carlos Dariel, in Elda and Madrid
01 January 2020 @ 19:15

DADS of the first babies born in 2020 will be the earliest to enjoy 12 weeks' paternity leave, as the central government pledged to increase this from four weeks starting from January 1.

They still do not get as much paid time off as mums, who have 16 weeks on full salary if they are employed, although this is likely to change in the next few years – and some argue that mothers need more time off after a birth because they have to recover from pregnancy and labour.

This year, no babies were born during the chimes or in the first seconds of the New Year, as is often the case – but Ariadna, who came into the world in the hospital in Elda (Vinalopó Mitjà district, southern Alicante province) and Carlos Dariel, born at the Infanta Leonor hospital in Madrid, both appeared at exactly 00.02 this morning (Wednesday).



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