I am expecting my first child this year. If I did not have paid leave, I would have to quit my job. The knowledge that I will have 12 weeks to focus on meeting the first needs of my child enables me to focus on my job now, before I deliver the baby. It also means I can make a promise to my employer, my colleagues, and my clients, that I will return 12 weeks after the baby is born. If I didn't have the security of knowing that my job would be there for me, and my bills could be paid while I am caring for my child, I wouldn't be able to guarantee that I can pickup where I leave off on the projects I'm about to put on hold.