Posts tagged: The 4th Trimester

  • How Does Parental Leave Policy in the US Stack Up Against Other Countries?

    How Does Parental Leave Policy in the US Stack Up Against Other Countries?
    You’ve heard it before—maternity and paternity policies in the United States are the pits compared to the rest of the world. But this chart from the Pew Research Center, below, spells out just how far we’re lagging behind other developed countries: Ready to move to Estonia—where parents can expect a year and a half of paid leave? Or how about Japan, Norway, or Austria, where new parents can take a year of paid leave as well? If you need a refresher on US paid leave policy, the gist is that—surprise—we...

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  • Is This the Best Investment You Can Make After Baby?  

    Is This the Best Investment You Can Make After Baby?  
    Postpartum doulas—caregivers trained to ‘mother the mother’ after birth— are becoming a popular solution to those frenzied first few weeks with a newborn. Wondering if they’re worth the investment? Read on. Postpartum traditions around the globe tend to be remarkably more mom-friendly than they are in the US—new moms in Latin American culture, for example, spend the first 40 days after birth healing and resting while her female family members feed and bathe her, clean the house, and take care of the child. In the US, moms often feel the...

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  • Want a Flexible Work Schedule? Here's How 5 Moms Landed One

    Want a Flexible Work Schedule? Here's How 5 Moms Landed One
    “I tell women that whole ‘you can have it all’ — mmm, nope. Not at the same time — that’s a lie. It’s not always enough to lean in, because that s--- doesn’t work.” Michelle Obama’s super candid take on the work/life struggle during her recent book tour resonated deep with employed mamas across the country—perfect balance is, womp womp, a pipe dream. But as more and more high-achieving women search for mom/job harmony, flexible work schedules seem to be a step in the right direction. Whether it’s the option...

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  • Your Body After Delivery: 7 Changes That Are Totally Normal

    Your Body After Delivery: 7 Changes That Are Totally Normal
    There's denying that pregnancy is a whirlwind—but postpartum recovery can throw you for just as big of a loop. And while there are apps and frequent doctors appointments to help you through all the body changes that happen during pregnancy, transitioning into your post-baby body can be full of surprises—and a few weird symptoms. While you should always, always check in with your doc if you've got questions, here's a peek at what a number of women experience in the first few weeks after heading home from the hospital. Feeling...

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  • 10 Honest Truths About Being a New Mom

    10 Honest Truths About Being a New Mom
    Any mom will tell you—even if you read all the baby books and take all the classes, the journey through new parenthood is an on-the-fly, messy, trial and error experience. And the best info doesn't usually come through google—it comes from your mom friends. Which is why we asked ours—what do you wish you had known before leaving the hospital for the first time? (We could have written a book—but picked our ten favorite real-talk tips to start.) If you are a seasoned mama, let us know what you'd add!...

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  • What Research Says About Kids of Working Moms

    What Research Says About Kids of Working Moms
    Whether you’re sniffling through the final days of maternity leave, or feeling a swell of anxiety as a family-filled holiday break comes to an end, the guilt working moms feel is all too real. Despite the fact that 70 percent of moms with kids at home work, most of those mamas worry at some point: Will my kids be ok? Is my job hurting them? (Spoiler: yes—and no!) Here’s the good news for all moms and families: research shows babies and kids of moms who work wind up just as...

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  • What the HECK is a Doula?!

    What the HECK is a Doula?!
    There’s so much to do and remember in the months leading up to baby. Paint the nursery. Pick a stroller. Practice swaddling. The list goes on and on. So if you hear the word “doula” and wonder if you can register for one of those, know that you’re not alone. We’ve all been there. And we get by with a little help from our mommy friends.By definition, a doula is: (noun) a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during,...

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