Paid maternity and family medical leave programs in California are lifesavers for parents having children. Both mom and dad want to spend time at home bonding with baby.

This direct form of financial assistance keeps families afloat when one or both parents cannot work. The benefit is most valuable when someone suffers a disability – which happens frequently during pregnancy.

 
 

Many California couples face difficulty having a family in the first place. Those coping with the pain of infertility often face the prospect of paying for treatments themselves.

The state does have an infertility insurance law. The private companies must provide direct financial assistance for help with certain medical bills. However, IVF remains the most expensive self-pay treatment.