or when there is a lot of people dependent on the parents of the new baby. Many employers can understand the difference between having a baby that wakes up multiple times in the night, thus leaving parents exhausted in the mornings, and a baby who can sleep through the night thus letting their parents sleep through the night as well and be able to wake up feeling well rested. Exhausted parents are less likely to perform efficiently at work and will have less confidence when starting the day. A well-rested and confident employee is much more efficient and less likely to make mistakes than an exhausted, stressed, and sleep deprived employee.65.6% of mothers worked during their pregnancy from 2006 – 2008 because they knew that they could not take time off before the birth of their child because that would shorten their time after birth to heal and bond with their baby, and also because they could not make ends meet without the money coming from the mother’s job (Source E). Many mothers choose to work throughout their pregnancy simply because there is no way that they can afford not to. The minimum amount of maternity leave federally mandated by the United States government to be offered is 12 weeks, unpaid. We have no law mandating any sort of paid maternity leave, so the choice to provide paid maternity leave is entirely up to businesses. Because mothers cannot
Burdrick 5afford the loss of income for very long, many choose not to take the full 12 weeks offered for leave. When mothers do not take the full 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave available to them, itcan have unknown and unintended consequences on their physical health, their work morale, their risk of postpartum depression, and their child's health and risk of illness, the mother's abilityto breastfeed, bonding between the mother and her child, and ability to positively transition back into work (Source B).Secondly, studies show that a maternity leave lasting 12 weeks or less may “contribute additional risk” to a mother's chance of getting postpartum depression (Source I). Postpartum depression is defined as a depression a mother experiences after the birth of a child, which includes symptoms such as fatigue and loss of appetite and can be caused by hormonal changes in a mother. Each additional week of maternity leave that a mother takes lessons her chances of experiencing postpartum depression, but after 12 weeks the length of maternity leave does not have a noticeable impact on the risk of postpartum depression or postpartum depression symptoms (Source I). Last of all, paid maternity leave can help boost employee retention rate, especially when it concerns new mothers. When mothers know that they will have a smooth and unstressed transition back to work, they are more likely to come back and stay loyal to the company rather than either not coming back to work at all or continuing to work but for a different company witha different and better maternity leave policy. The better and more competitive a company’s
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- Fall '16
- Mr. Duffy-Relf
- English, maternity leave