What happens to a woman’s professional life after she gives birth? Well, 62 percent of American women are employed after giving birth. About two-thirds of women report working through their pregnancy and nearly 30 percent do not take any maternity leave. Employers are not actually required to pay women on maternity leave. The U.S. is one of just a handful of countries that does not offer paid maternity leave benefits. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), American mothers are offered 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but only for companies with over 50 employees. Some 42 percent of the population is not eligible for maternity leave under FMLA.

According to a 2011 study published by the Journal of Family Psychology, working moms have fewer reported symptoms of depression and are more likely to rate their overall health as “excellent.” Stay-at-home-moms, on the other hand, often tend to feel trapped and unprepared for motherhood. Onsite daycares may be a good option, as they have the potential to improve employee morale, lower absenteeism, and give working parents peace of mind. However, they could also distract parents and irritate some co-workers.

How do you feel about onsite daycares? Please share your thoughts in the comments section, and be sure to check out the infographic below by HumanResourcesMBA.net.

Work After Baby
Source: Work After Baby

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