It shouldn't be mandatory though. I know several women who had their child and went right back to work and had a family member stay with the newborn. It should be the woman's choice, but I do agree that if she wants to take leave, the employer should allow her to do so.
I think both women and men should have the option to take time off work with pay when they have a child.
I don't know about other countries but here if you just got a baby both parents get some paid time off, the mom gets longer time though...
I think it's a law that women have to have at least two weeks paid leave.
Why should the employer pay for her personal decision? Nobody made her have a kid.