Today’s blog is a guest post from Share a Nanny. Share a Nanny is a blog that shares all the pertinent information parents need if they are interested in sharing a nanny. The blogs range from “Reasons to Share a Nanny” to “Sharing Challenges”. If you are a parent preparing to go back to work after having a baby, you should most definitely check out some of the blogs and links below. Enjoy and Thanks to Share a Nanny for sharing this very timely information.
Whether you are a mom returning to work after a new baby or a long term absence from the work force, you will probably feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety. This is normal, as there are so many things you need to adjust to that didn’t exist before you had children. Now you have organizing childcare, missing valuable bonding time with your child and a whole host of other concerns running through your head.
Moms Returning to Work from Maternity Leave
Maternity leave, no matter how long the duration, will go by in the blink of an eye. Leaving your baby with a stranger and not being able to monitor her constantly will be hard. However, with the right planning and support, you can return to work safe in the knowledge that both you and your baby are in good hands.
- My Top Five Maternity Leave Tips
- 20 Tips For Working and Breastfeeding
- Five Guilt-Free Tips for Returning to Work After the Baby
- Leaving Your Baby: Childcare Options That Are Right for You
- The Back-to-Work Guide for New Moms
Maintaining the Bond with Your Child
Returning to work does not mean you are abandoning your child. Although you will spend less time with her, there are ways that you can keep your bond strong. Bear in mind, this is important for the emotional wellbeing of both the parent and child.
- Transitioning Back to Work After the Baby: Tips for Working Moms
- Working Moms: Tips to Bond With Your Toddler
- Go to Work, Mom, the Kids Will Be Fine
- Can Working Moms Still Bond With Their Kids?
- 7 Great Child Bonding Tips For Working Mom
Employer Support for Moms Returning to Work
Your employer has an important role to play in helping you integrate back into the work place. There are a number of ways in which your employer can support you. If you need retraining, reduced or flexible hours or your child has special needs, you should speak to either your employer or human resources department. These five blogs will help arm you with the confidence and knowledge to approach your employer for help.
- Presidential Debate: What Do Working Moms Need From an Employer?
- U.S. Lags Behind in Support of Working Mothers
- Action Step 14: Employer Support
- Pumping in the Workplace: Rights of Breastfeeding Moms
- 5 Things Employers Should Know About Breastfeeding
Career Advice for Moms Returning to Work
An obvious concern for moms returning to work, especially those who have been out of work long term, is how their career path is affected. Some moms may want to continue on their previous path, while others may want to move upwards or sideways into a different department, or take a reduction in hours. It’s often hard for moms to decide which way to go for fear that it won’t work out. Another concern for moms returning to work is whether they will be able to adapt to all the changes in processes since they were last part of the workforce. It is for these reasons that moms returning to work will benefit from career advice.
- Mothers Returning To Work – How To Boost Your Confidence
- My 6 Best Gutsy Tips for Working Moms (Besides Pick a Partner Who Makes Great Margaritas)
- Four Stress-Less Tips for Working Moms
- Advice for Working Moms Juggling Career and Kids
- Working Moms: Five Tips For Success
Training and Education for Moms Returning to Work
In today’s fast paced industries, job descriptions and qualifications are constantly changing. As a mom returning to work, this can mean stepping into territory that, although once familiar, is now completely foreign to you. Your aptitude for the work may not have changed at all, however, you no longer have the required tools to perform in the role to your full potential. It is for this reason that further training and education are something to seriously consider before returning to work.
- What is the Moms Return to School Grant for Working Mothers?
- Women and Education
- 5 Career Resources for Moms Returning to Work
- The Mom’s Guide to Higher Education
- Moms in College and in the Workplace
Managing Home and Work-Life
As a working mom, your life becomes somewhat of a balancing act between home and work-life. A full time job, whether it is in a traditional work place or at home looking after a child, is difficult enough to manage on its own. You need to learn how to manage both without causing detriment to your health. These five blogs provide advice on how to manage as a working mom, including tips from career-moms who have been in the same position.
Mamas on Bedrest: A Strong Family Cultural Identification Predicts Low Birthweight and Childhood AsthmaJanuary 3rd, 2013
First and foremost, Happy New Year Mamas!
It is my pleasure to step into 2013 by sharing with you all some fascinating-albeit not that surprising-data from one of my favorite researchers, Cleopatra Abdou, PhD. Dr. Abdou is an assistant professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology in Southern California. She studies the associations between culture and health.
In this current study, Dr. Abdou and her colleagues sought to discover if a strong cultural belief in family had any effect on the birth weight and subsequent health (in this case asthma expression) of infants born to low income mothers. Abdou and her colleagues studied 4633 African American, Latina American and White American women and their babies through their pregnancies and for 3 years post partum. The researchers looked at the infants’ initial birth weights and subsequent asthma development/expression. Abdou and her colleagues found that very low birth weight infants were at increased risk of developing asthma in the first 3 years of life. This in and of itself was not surprising. It is a well established fact that babies born early have an increased risk of developing chronic health issues throughout their lives. Additionally, infants born to mothers of very low socioeconomic status are at increase risk of being born at a low birth weight. However, what was surprising in this study was that infants born to mothers with a strong cultural belief in family-regardless of their own family ties or current level of familial support-tended to be of higher birth weight, fared better overall and as a result were less likely to develop asthma later on.
These results were interesting to say the least. Abdou and her colleagues were able to show that an “intangible” cultural belief is strong enough to have a physiologic impact on maternal and infant health. In mothers who held strong beliefs in “traditional” family roles and responsibility, i.e. you do whatever it takes to maintain the health and well being of the family, these women, regardless of their socioeconomic status or current familial support had better birth outcome, i.e. larger birth weight babies.
Abdou’s findings added clarity to the so-called “Hispanic Paradox” or “epidemiologic paradox.” First documented in 1986 by Markides and Coreil, these researchers found that immigrant populations in the United States tend to be relatively healthy compared to their peers, despite being poorer. This recent data supports this paradox and also helps to explain why the paradox diminishes over time as immigrants assimilate into American Culture. To sum up, when immigrants or Americans of different ethnicities, African Americans and Latina Americans, maintain strong cultural ties to their “mother lands” they tend to have better birth outcomes and are healthier-even if they are poorer. This effect wanes as the families become more “Americanized”.
As Abdou notes in her publication, this cultural familism could play a significant role in the health and well being of low income families. Familism is readily available to women in the form of mothers, grandmothers, aunties and other older female relatives. I a woman is able to draw on her heritage, her positive cultural upbringing and beliefs around family, she may be able to give herself and her family a distinct health edge.
Cleopatra M. Abdou, Tyan Parker Dominguez, Hector F. Myers. Maternal familism predicts birthweight and asthma symptoms three years later. Social Science & Medicine, 2012; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.07.041
A Breastfeeding mama in Maine
Maine is the latest state in which mamas are demanding more tolerance around breastfeeding. Although Maine’s laws state, “a mother has the right to breastfeed her baby in any location, whether public or private, as long as she is otherwise authorized to be in that location,” Many breastfeeding mamas say that they don’t feel welcome to feed their babies when they need to wherever they happen to be. As a result, a coalition of public health organizations is launching a new initiative called, “Whenever, Wherever” with the tagline, “Breastfeeding: We all Benefit”.
The “Whenever, Wherever” coalition is seeking the support of local Maine businesses to become members of the coalition and to commit to displaying a sticker in their establishment and educating their staffs about the importance of supporting breastfeeding mamas.
Breastfeeding advocates in Maine, which already has some of the highest breastfeeding rates in the county, are dedicated to seeing that Maine hits the Healthy People 2020 objectives of 82% of babies ever being breastfed and 60% still breastfeeding by 6 months.
Advocates are also hoping that more Maine hospitals will become “Baby Friendly”. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is an effort by UNICEF and the World Health Organization to ensure that all maternity centers, whether free standing or in a hospital, become centers of breastfeeding support.
For a hospital to be designated “Baby Friendly”, they must meet 10 specific criteria which show that they support exclusive breastfeeding. These 10 Baby Friendly criteria are:
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one half-hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and maintain lactation,even if they should be separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming in – that is, allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
While becoming “Baby Friendly” is a time consuming process and one that is quite expensive for hospitals, those hospitals that are striving for the designation believe that the time, effort and expense are all worth it to give babies- and their mamas-a healthy start and a long term health edge.
Breastmilk is well established as the best nutrition for infants, regardless of whether it is provided directly from the breast or pumped and given to infants in a bottle. However, mothers need support and encouragement in order to be able to maintain breastfeeding for the recommended number of months. Initiatives like “Whenever, Wherever” are critical in illiciting the help and support of employers, businesses and municipalities to help mothers with the technical, logistical and emotional challenges of breastfeeding.
Do you intend to breastfeed your baby? How did you overcome any difficulties of breastfeeding if you experienced them? Share your experience in our comments section below.
This blog post is a summary of an article in The Portland (ME) Phoenix (July 20-26, 2012) written by Deirde Fulton.