Our maternity/paternity laws in this country and severely outdated and need to be revised for the modern world we have been living in for the past decade or more. There should be an allowance for couples to be able to share any "birth leave" between them should they wish to do so. This could be the current 18 weeks provided as maternity or, if financially viable, more. Current conditions are sexist and promote the gender pay gap and this is a relatively simple measure to implement from a practical standpoint. This is a way to promote gender equality throughout the country. It's been implemented in other countries with relative success so I do not see how it can't work here.