“This is a very personal decision,” he shared on his Facebook page, along with a picture of a stroller, a yellow baby carrier and his dog, Beast.
“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.”
Of course no one has thought to ask the child – one kick like, one poke no, do you want your dad around after you are born?
Facebook allows its US employees to take up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave, which can be used all at once or throughout the first year of their child’s life, a policy which is generous by US standards.
Zuckerberg, 31, did not say who would be running the company while he is out – it is most likely to be the chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who oversees all of Facebook’s advertising.
Zuckerberg’s decision is unusual among high-level tech executives, especially men.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took two weeks off after her first child’s birth in 2012, and when she announced she was pregnant with identical twin girls in September, she said she would be taking limited maternity leave and “working throughout”.