It’s fair to say that you’d be hard pressed to find a Mother that recently delivered a baby, and is in some massive hurry to return to work; but that’s sadly exactly what’s happening in 2018. The growing costs of caring for a new baby, general living expenses, and having to bare the burden of feeling as if their job is in jeopardy if they cannot return to their positions fast enough, is forcing millions of new Mothers to race back to their full time careers.
While this may not seem like a huge deal to some, it can have tremednous consequences on the entire family. Some moms are suffering from postpartum depression while trying to get through the work day. Others are still suffering through the actual bleeding part alone from having a baby while digging through their workload at their desks. Not to mention the newborn child at home with a nanny, or at a daycare facility that in most other countries, would still be happily at home bonding with their Mothers. Most daycare facilities accept newborns starting at 6 weeks old. Six weeks! A baby is still very susceptible to catching viruses, and infections from being outside around the public, especially in a daycare setting where even the biggest, healthier of kiddos come home extremely sick. It just doesn’t seem fair to have to leave your tiny newborn like that, does it?
Slate.com recently divulged some pretty interesting details on the importance of having a long enough paid leave for new parents, depicting some figures from a study performed in 2000. The study showed that an increase in paid leave of around 10 weeks has the ability to reduce infant mortality rates somewhere between 2.5-3.4%. This longer paid leave allows parents to take their babies to their doctor appointments, stay up to date not heir vaccinations, and keep everything afloat. It also gives the baby additional time to bond with their parents, which is just so important. Think of the moms that suffer from postpartum depression, and how having a longer leave from work could potentially save them from having to live with all of the symptoms that come with the ailment while trying to manage their career at the same time.
Regardless of the immense benefits families can receive from having an adequate amount of time to be at home with their new babies, reports are showing that only 14% of workers in the United States have access to a proper paid leave situation. Let’s hope in the near future more employers are looking to help change that, as it just isn’t this challenging in numerous other countries for new parents.