Support Pregnant Workers – Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

There was big news last week but you probably missed it.  With all the focus and controversy about the Time breastfeeding cover, there was little attention to the announcement about an issue that we can all agree on.  Last Tuesday it was announced that legislation has been proposed that would protect women who need accommodation in the workplace while they are pregnant.  Today women are being discriminated against when they ask for accommodations like carrying a water bottle to stay hydrated or using a stool at their work station instead of standing through their entire shift.

Bonnie Rochman does a great job explaining the proposed act in her Time post.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Should Expectant Women Be Accommodated in the Workplace? 

There are several organizations on board in support of the legislation and I hope you join me in rallying support as well.  Since it was just announced last week there aren’t yet a lot of details on how working moms can get involved, but I will keep you posted here.  In the meantime, read up on the proposed legislation and contact your Congressmen and Congresswomen to ask for their support.  Don’t know who your representative(s) are?  Click here and enter your zip code.

Spread the word and get others involved!  Let’s support pregnant workers!

The Four Rules of Maternity Leave

Julie Steinberg wrote a nice article that encapsulated the four rules you need to remember about your maternity leave.  I’ve linked to the article at the end of this post.  I wanted to expand a bit on her rules and ask you all if you’d add any more rules to the list.

1.  Start the conversation early

I was glad to see that the women Julie referred to in the article recommended letting managers know sooner than later.   The 12 week mark seems to be a good time to let people know.  You’d want to share the news sooner if you are having an especially tough time with morning sickness or you are high risk and may need accommodations during your pregnancy.  

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Pregnancy Discrimination Grows Like a Baby Bump – Not Good America!

Just read a  interesting (and depressing) post from Time about pregnancy discrimination.    Once again, I’m trying not to call foul and be the victim but come on.  As always, there are two sides to every story and no doubt maternity benefits are a weight on employers.  But how is it that other countries have figured it out?  Read the article here http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/16/pregnant-at-work-why-your-job-could-be-at-risk/

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Baby Prep 101 – For Moms Who Want To Know It All

Do you like lists? Have you been researching all the experts and reading your “What to Expect” religiously? Well then Houston moms (and dads) mark your calendar for February 23rd because I have good news for you!

Premier Baby Planning regularly hosts their popular Baby Prep 101 class and if you’d like to know the scoop on how to prioritize the many things to do before baby arrives this class is great for you.  You will receive guidance on where to focus your time and energy when preparing for baby.  Topics will help you make informed decisions and include birth plans, prenatal services and classes to consider, nursery tips, choosing the right pediatrician, completing your maternity checklist, transitioning to return to work or stay home and so much more! Reducing stress is important for every pregnancy.  Being educated, informed and organized helps make your pregnancy more enjoyable. This class is for expecting parents and will help answer some of those questions that are keeping you up at night.

For more information and to register visit http://premierbabyplanning.com/

 

When Your Boss Won’t Flex…Find Someone Who Will

flexible work balanceI’ve heard countless stories of women, who when faced with the prospect of starting a family, became overcome with fear that having a baby would ruin their careers.  Not doubt, you too know of a family member or friend who stalled out at work because they were struggling with the juggle between work and home.  You may even know some employees who, even when knocking it out of the park with work performance, couldn’t move forward in their company because of their manager’s antiquated views of work life balance.

We are so lucky to be in today’s mom/work world.  Although there are great strides yet to be taken in terms of policies, benefits and treatment of women workers, there are new options out there that can give you hope.  One example of a innovative outlet for those seeking more workplace flexibility is Mom Corps.

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Who Asked You? Dealing With Unwanted Advice During Pregnancy – Part 1

It usually comes along with a look of “you are so clueless about this baby in your belly” and it’s probably well intended.  But… it rarely is received in that way.  In talking with tons of moms I think that instead of those goofy shirts that say “baby” and have an arrow pointing to their belly, they might prefer a t-shirt that says “Who Asked You?”

Rude, I know but it’s how you start to feel after months of unsolicited advice.  So, you have some choices here – drop kick the next person who goes on about how you’re singlehandedly setting the Earth into a death spiral toward Armageddon by not using cloth diapers OR respond with grace and tact.

Here’s more on the grace and tact approach.  I’ll do this post in two parts, this one highlighting the more subtle approaches.

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