New mums in Bahrain will be given two hours off work a day for up to two years under new plans.
Current laws mean mothers get the additional time off work to care for newborns for just six months, and then one hour a day for the next six months.
The move, which has been unanimously approved by MPs, will give private sector workers the same rights enjoyed by civil servants and security personnel already.
The law will now have to be drafted before being put to a vote in the National Assembly within the next six months.
Both private and public sector women are entitled to fully paid maternity leave for up to sixty days, including the time before and after giving birth.
Women can also take up to six months unpaid leave to look after a child under six three times while working for an employer.