As soon as your pregnancy is confirmed, you might start to worry about how a child will influence your life - specifically your career. Not all companies offer their employees generous maternity leave benefits, which puts many expectant mothers in difficult positions. However, one business has recently been making headlines for doing the opposite - taking care of their female workers who need time off after delivery.
NBC News recently reported that Yahoo! employees are now eligible for up to 16 weeks of paid time off after their pregnancy calendar comes to an end and the baby arrives. They can also still receive benefits while they're away. New dads can receive a maximum of eight weeks off from work, in addition to taking advantage of benefits like their female coworkers. Though relatively unusual in comparison to other company policies, Yahoo! might be leading the way for regulations of the future.
"You don't want people having to choose between their own economic security [and] having that time to bond and take care of their family," Kenneth Matos, senior director of employment research and practice at the Families and Work Institute, told the news source.
The U.S. Department of Labor states that 60 percent of employees in the U.S. are eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work following the birth of a child. This is in part due to the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Adjusting to maternity leave
While you're bound to be extremely busy during your maternity leave, there are a few ways you can ensure that you make the most of your time off and give yourself the opportunity to relax. You might want to consider leaving work about one to two weeks before the baby arrives to prepare for life ahead. Another way you can make sure that you're ready for life as a new mom is to enlist the help of family and friends once the infant comes home.
When it comes time to return to work, the Mayo Clinic recommends seeking a dependable childcare service to watch over your little one. See if your employer is willing to give you a more flexible schedule to take care of your budding family as well.
How have you adjusted to life as a new mom? Did you find time to relax during your maternity leave? Provide your feedback in the comments section!