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5 Tips For Returning After Maternity Leave
Having a baby—adopting, giving birth, a first child or a fourth child—is always a life-changing experience. It upends schedules and plans, in a (mostly) good way. It adds a new dimension to family life. It adds a remarkable human to your family. And when it comes to work, it adds another hurdle to life going smoothly.
That’s especially true of the time immediately after you return to work from any maternity leave. And it’s not helped by the shortness of most people’s time away. In fact, the United States doesn’t mandate paid leave; it’s one of the few countries in the world not to do so. And this even with 61 percent of all mothers part of the paid labor force. Even more fathers—83 percent—are part of the paid labor force, and their paternity leave policies are less generous than even the stingy ones granted mothers. Any leaves that parents do get are often too short, too, when compared with recommendations of professionals. Longer maternal leaves grant parents better health and reduced rates of depression; they grant children lower infant mortality.
So how can you make the transition back to work better for your family? This infographic explains some ideas.
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