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Maternity Leave

Sweden Looks to Extend Paternity Leave

Sweden is standing by its men—specifically, fathers. The country with the most generous family leave legislation is debating whether dads need more time off to be with their babies, the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets report.

Supermom?

This Monday Yahoo announced that 37-year-old Marissa Mayer would be its new president and CEO. The very same day, Mayer revealed she was pregnant—she’s due to have a baby boy in October— and she told Fortune magazine this about her maternity leave: "I like to stay in the rhythm of things. My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I'll work throughout it."

The State of Motherhood

I was listening to the radio yesterday when a woman said, “Americans are ashamed of breastfeeding and don’t support women to do it.”  My response was, “Nonsense. Breastfeeding is widely accepted and American women receive tons of support.” That was my initial reaction until I read this year’s State of the World’s Mothers Report.  Then, I changed my mind.

Got guilt?

If there’s one emotion that working moms have most often, it’s guilt. I recently caught up with a colleague who just returned to work after a 3 ½-month maternity leave. I told her that I had been thrilled to get back to work after the birth of my son. Here’s what she replied:

“It makes me feel so good that you enjoyed going back to work, too. I was feeling guilty for not feeling guilty. It’s really nice to be able to do thing like go to the bathroom and eat a meal without another human attached to my body.”

No Maternity Leave For You

More mothers are back at work one month after giving birth, The Los Angeles Times reports. Yes, you read that correctly—one month.

Getting Back to Business

Before your baby is even born, it is very likely that you will need to make a decision about when, or if, you will be returning to work. Lots of moms return to work full time, but others opt for a part-time schedule, some work from home, and some forgo work altogether and become stay-at-home moms.

Benefits You Can Believe In

“A women was denied coverage because she had a baby with a medically mandated Cesarean section,” said U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., after federal health reform legislation passed in late March. “When she tried to get insurance coverage with another company, she was told she had to be sterilized in order to get [it]. That will never, ever happen again.” Here are other ways in which the new law benefits pregnant women, new moms and babies, in order of implementation:

Down time

Americans have long considered maternity leave as a nice little rest before childbirth and a period for bonding afterward. But studies now show it can reduce health risks for both mother and baby. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that women who started their leave in the last month of pregnancy were four times less likely to have a Cesarean section compared to those who worked until the last minute.

Rethinking Maternity Leave

Facing a tough economic situation across the U.S. and rising unemployment, more and more women are growing afraid of taking maternity leave, ABC News reports. Although it's illegal to fire a worker because she's pregnant and opting for some time off, it can be difficult to document that you were let go because you're expecting, which stirs worries in many women.

Three signs it’s time to stop working

1. You’re losing steam in the middle of the day. Sleepless nights are affecting your daytime performance and causing you to be sluggish, grouchy or forgetful. Plus, you find yourself stressing about all the neglected preparations waiting for you at home.

2. Sitting and standing are uncomfortable. Backaches, swollen legs and feet, and breathlessness are signs that you need more horizontal time, especially if your job requires spending a lot of time on your feet.

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