Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that he will take two months of paternity leave after his wife, Priscilla Chan, gives birth to their daughter.
He shared the message about his leave with a stroller and the family dog, Beast.
Read his message below;
Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter’s arrival. We’ve been picking out our favorite childhood books and toys.
We’ve also been thinking about how we’re going to take time off during the first months of her life. This is a very personal decision, and I’ve decided to take 2 months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives.
Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families. At Facebook we offer our US employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year.
Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we’re excited to start this next stage in our lives.
Here’s a photo of Beast with our baby seat. I think he knows something’s up.
Facebook is known for its generous parental leave policy, offering four months of paid leave. It’s a “taboo” for employees not to take the full four months off, or for dads to take less time than moms.