It’s no secret that maternity leave benefits in the US are lacking. You know it’s bad when our own President fronts us out. To quote him directly, “the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.” But, we can’t let that get us down because bringing a child into this world is one of, it not THE most rewarding and important thing we can do to in our lifetimes.
The good news is that even when you think the deck is stacked against you and you’re concerned that you won’t get a fair shake when you ask for maternity leave, there are experts out there who have successfully helped women to not only get a fair maternity leave but also a great maternity leave. Today I would like to introduce you to an expert in this area, Pat Katepoo.
Pat has been a work options advisor since 1993 and her website Work Options has been online since 1997. Thousands of busy professionals have found answers and relief through her services. Pat says, “Women aren’t socialized to negotiate and so they are less inclined than men to ask for what they need or want. And research shows that often women fail to see their options or even think to ask for them. So maybe you don’t know what you don’t know.” Pat can help you see your options and ask for them.
Whether you choose her do-it-yourself guides or her personal services by phone you get practical help negotiating various work options to make your life calmer and easier. Options such as job flexibility, a fabulous pay raise, and more maternity leave and other time off.
Please take a few moments right now to visit Pat at WorkOptions by clicking any of the links in this post. I really think she’s the best in this subject area and definitely the most experienced. I always keep a link to her site on the side of my blog posts because I think her services are so valuable to working women. I’m an affiliate for Pat’s tools and resources so each purchase you make drops a few coins in the bucket to fund The Maternity Leave Coach, so “thank you” in advance.
It is important for expectant mothers to review federal and state laws related to maternity leave as well as work/life benefits offered by their employer. Read on to learn more about the laws that protect pregnant women in the workplace.
Federal and State Laws
The first step in planning your maternity leave is to understand your rights and benefits. You’ll need to pull out your employee handbook to see whether your employer gives you any paid leave for childbirth. But at a minimum, expectant mothers are protected by several federal laws in the U.S.
It’s illegal to discriminate against pregnant women, whether in hiring or an existing employment situation. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. In the U.S., federal and state laws attempt to provide basic protections to pregnant women and their babies.
Here’s a rundown of two important laws that apply to leave taken after having a baby or adopting a child: Read more ›
Even before that beautiful baby arrives you may find yourself not sleeping as well as you had before. Maybe it’s a cruel trick to prepare you for the months, and for some, years to come! I recommend that you get informed now and prepare yourself for how you will handle those cries in the night. As a matter of fact, I put down the pregnancy books and started to read parenting books. One situation lasts 9 months and the other goes on for 18+ years. I figured I should devote my time and energy to the much more difficult and longer term commitment of parenting.
One book I recommend you read is Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. It is not only informative and helpful, it is also entertaining and enjoyable to read. Taking the French perspective and comparing it to the parenting world you see around you in the US will definitely open your mind. This book covers not only sleep but also how French moms approach feeding schedules as well as the mysterious “pause” – a method to teach patience in children. Fascinating book that just may cause you to reconsider your approach to parenting.
How about the question you’ll inevitably get…”Does your baby sleep through the night?” The second recommendation I’ll make is for The Sleep Sense Program. I think the reason that The Sleep Sense™ Program is so popular is because it’s clear, simple, and easy to follow. Plus, it allows parents to choose one of two different approaches based on their child’s temperament and personality. You may have read every book out there already but if you’re concerned that you won’t learn anything new with The Sleep Sense™ Program, my best advice to you is simply this: “Why not give it a try?” It’s got a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee that’s good for a full year. Also, Dana at The Sleep Sense Program offers a free sleep assessment to get you started.
So there you have it. Two great resources for learning more about parenting and reclaiming your sleep. As the French would say, “Bonne nuit!”
I had a question come in a few weeks ago and it prompts a good discussion about whether or not you should apply for new roles when you are pregnant. “Will they offer me the job if they know I am pregnant?” was the question posed. I offered up the very gray answer of “It depends.”
So “it depends” is based on several different factors which I’ll outline below.
#1 Are they Neanderthals who aren’t very interested in following the law?
If so, anticipate that if you have a visible baby bump you will probably get turned down. If you are not yet showing this puts you in the seat of whether or not you will disclose that you are expecting. We’ll cover how to handle that scenario a little later.
Regardless, if you already know that they are Neanderthals and you have other options to pursue – DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME. Why would you want to work for a bad company/boss anyway if you have a choice to go elsewhere??
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