Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) endorsed the proposed paternity leave policy, as it will strengthen the roles of fathers in their families and child growth.

"Paternity leave allows couples to focus on monitoring the baby's condition, especially during the planning and before pregnancy, and to empower themselves when the baby is on its month zero," KPAI Deputy Chairperson Jasra Putra stated here, Monday.

He remarked that parents are expected to plan for their baby's development in its first thousand days of life, considered to be the golden period of child growth.

Putra explained that paternity leave will help bolster the father's cohesion and attachment with the baby, as he will constantly carry, bathe, and change the child's diapers, thereby being beneficial in its growth.

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Paternity leave will also positively impact the mother, as the husband will be present to assist her before and after birth, he highlighted.

"Paternity leave will address mental and emotional effects, psychological pressure, and loneliness for pregnant mothers. We should also remember baby blues or tantrums are often experienced by mothers, which might threaten the newborns," Putra pointed out.

The KPAI official also stated that paternity leave may help prevent divorce, commonly caused by poverty, family dysfunction, and unfamiliarity with child-rearing.

"KPAI appreciates the government fully when it decided to implement direct intervention by the paternity leave policy," he remarked.

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