Some 40% of new Dutch mothers work the same number of hours after having a baby as they did before, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.
The figure is a slight increase on the period between 2001 and 2003, when just over a third of mothers did not reduce their hours, the CBS said.
Today, some 10% of new mothers stop work altogether after giving birth and 15% did not work at all.
Nevertheless, Dutch mothers are still unlikely to work full time. Just 18% of working women combine a full-time job with a baby, and by the time the child is two, just 10% are in full-time employment, the CBS figures show.
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