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Friday, November 11th, 2011
A new report based on census data found that 51 percent of working women who had their first child between 2006 and 2008 received some sort of paid leave (maternity, sick, or vacation) from their employers. This number was up from previous data, with only 42 percent of women receiving similar paid leave between 1996 and 2000.
The report, Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers, 1961-2008, uses census data to follow trends in women’s work experience before and after they have children. Key findings from the report include:
- Women are more likely to work while pregnant than they did in the 1960s. Two-thirds (66 percent) of women who had their first birth between 2006 and 2008 worked during pregnancy, compared with 44 percent who had their first birth between 1961 and 1965.
- Eight out of 10 (82 percent) working women who had their first birth between 2006 and 2008 worked within one month of their child’s birth compared with 73 percent of working women who gave birth to their first child between 1991 and 1995.
- Older mothers are more likely than younger mothers to work closer to the end of their pregnancies. Sixty-seven percent of mothers 22 and older worked into the last month of their pregnancy, compared with 56 percent of mothers less than age 22.
- Four out of 10 (42 percent) women received unpaid maternity leave. Both paid and unpaid maternity leave were more likely to be used after birth than before.
- Twenty-two percent of first time mothers quit their jobs – 16 percent while they were pregnant and another 6 percent by 12 weeks after their child’s birth.
- Women who worked during their pregnancy are more likely to return to work within three to five months compared with women who did not work before the birth of their first child.
- Eight out of 10 mothers who worked during their pregnancy returned to work within a year of their child’s birth to the same employer. About seven out of 10 of these women returned to a job at the same pay, skill level and hours worked per week.
- Two out of 10 mothers switched employers when returning to work. These mothers experienced greater job changes compared with mothers who returned to the same employer. One out of four was employed at a new job that had comparable pay, skill level and hours worked.
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Monday, November 7th, 2011
A report in The New York Times chronicles new research that reveals the extent to which overstressed mothers use medications to help them wind down and sleep at the end of the day. Excerpts from the article:
Mother’s little helper of the new millennium may in fact be the sleeping pill — a prescription not likely to inspire a jaunty pop song anytime soon. Nearly 3 in 10 American women fess up to using some kind of sleep aid at least a few nights a week, according to “Women and Sleep,” a 2007 study by the National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit research group….
Why all the angst over bedtime, the one part of the day that, barring nightmares, ought to bring deeply needed peace? Many believe that sleep deprivation among women has worsened. In the “Women and Sleep” study, 80 percent of women reported being just too stressed or worried to turn out the proverbial lights.
[Sleep expert] Dr. [Nancy] Collop points to the persistent creep of technology into the after-hours, a time once reserved for physical and psychological winding down.
“There’s always the worry another e-mail has come in,” she said. “Just the light from the electronic book or the iPad screen is stimulating….”
While women with infants are loath to take something that might conk them into an oblivion the sleep monitor cannot penetrate, mothers with older children seem to have fewer misgivings.
According to IMS Health, a health care consulting firm in Danbury, Conn., the use of prescription sleep aids among women peaks from 40 to 59. Last year, the firm said, 15,473,000 American women between those ages got a prescription (overwhelmingly for Zolpidem, the generic form of Ambien) to help them sleep, nearly twice the number of men in that age group.
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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
A new study has found that mothers in their 40s are more likely to be depressed if they believe in the “supermom” myth, the notion that women can maintain stellar careers and perfect homes and children all at the same time.. The findings didn’t suggest that working moms are more depressed in general–only that those moms who believe they have to do everything themselves, and do it perfectly, are at greater risk. The Boston Globe reports that women who ease their standards are more likely to report being happy:
It’s all about perception, rather than the amount of juggling a woman does, according to new research presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas. If she expects to drop a few balls from time to time, she’s less likely to develop depression by the time she’s 40.
“Women are sold a story that they can do it all, but most workplaces are still designed for employees without child-care responsibilities,” said Katrina Leupp, a University of Washington sociology graduate student who conducted the study in a statement. And it’s not like babies born to working moms have any fewer demands than those born to stay-at-home moms.
That means something has to give. “You can happily combine child rearing and a career, if you’re willing to let some things slide,” Leupp said.
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
A new study by ForbesWoman and TheBump.com has found that mothers who work outside the home feel significantly stressed and overwhelmed…but so do women who stay at home with their children. The Today show reported on the study, which surveyed 1,200 women:
From rushing to the train, slammed by deadlines to racing through the house, slathered in spit-up, moms can’t check out at 5 p.m. Stay-at-home and work-outside-the-home moms alike are still on the clock when hubby removes his tie and drops his briefcase at the door. According to the survey, 92% of working moms and 89% of stay-at-home moms feel overwhelmed by work, home and parenting duties. A full 84% of stay-at-home moms don’t get a break when their partner returns from work, and 50% say they never get a break from parenting. (But 96% say their partner manages to snag time-outs.)
Both groups (70% of working moms and 68% of stay-at-home moms) feel resentment due to the unbalanced responsibilities and a third of all moms say they feel their partner could step it up on the domestic front.
Almost 40 percent of both working and stay-at-home mothers said they felt like “married single moms,” even though they are raising their baby together with a partner, TheBump.com reported.
Do these findings surprise you?
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Monday, June 6th, 2011
A study in the journal Pediatrics has found that when women delay returning to work for at least 13 weeks after giving birth, they are more likely to breastfeed, and to breastfeed for longer than women who return to work within 6 to 12 weeks of delivery. The findings showed a correlation between the length of time a woman took off and the duration of her breastfeeding, regardless of whether the leave was paid or unpaid.
Researchers noted that many American women, despite the Family Medical Leave Act’s guarantee of 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year, return to work before their leave is up, citing financial necessity.
“It’s possible that a woman may have 12 weeks of maternity leave, but she goes to work before that leave time is finished because she has to financially,” Dr. Chinelo Ogbuanu, the study’s lead researcher, told The Huffington Post. “But [to improve the likelihood women will breastfeed] that is what really matters — people actually taking as much leave as they possibly can.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both recommend that mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, because of breast milk’s unique nutritional and immune-boosting content. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that fewer than half of U.S. women actually breastfeed for the full 6 months.
What is your experience with breastfeeding and returning to work?
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