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Maternity Leave

John Oliver: Our Maternity Leave Hero

Want to be fascinated in a terrible way? Let this cold hard fact sink in: Papua New Guinea and the United States are the only countries that don't offer paid maternity leave to their citizens. Amazed and appalled?

Create a Financial Safety Net

It’s a vitally important part of parenting but not terribly pleasant: making sure you and your family will be taken care of financially, no matter what happens.

Here’s expert advice on getting started:

1. Buy health insurance

Health coverage should be an absolute priority. to keep premiums manageable and still protect yourself against a catastrophe, get a plan with a high deductible—$5,000 or more—through your employer or as an individual.

Off To Work We Go

When you’re on maternity leave, you eventually have to go back to work. But before you do, there’s seemingly a lot to do—choosing child care, figuring out where you’ll pump at the office, and for first-time mom Jennifer Ernst Beaudry, organizing her closets.

Making It Work For Moms

Where you work has a big impact on your life as a working mama. To understand just what makes a company mom-friendly, I spoke with Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother and director of the Working Mother Research Institute about the magazine’s 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies.

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.


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.