Finding childcare that works for you can be stressful, especially when parents have to return to work quickly because of the lack of paid parental leave policies in the U.S. Searching for and deciding on care for your baby and young children can be a challenge – especially because the possibilities open to you may […]
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Many parents find that having a baby reshapes what is possible and most important in their lives. Most parents find the logistics of getting out of the house to be challenging! When mothers return to their job or education, the details and feelings can be overwhelming.
The United States is the only developed nation in the world – and only one of two countries total – that does not offer paid maternity leave . While some cities, states and businesses are stepping it up and providing paid family leave, only 17 percent of new families have access to paid time off through their employer for recovery and adjustment. There can also be pressure, particularly for partners, to not take time off of work. And, finding affordable, high-quality childcare in many communities across the U.S. is very difficult and stressful. America has a long way to go to support new families. 4th Trimester Project hopes to work with families and other great organizations such as MomsRising to create change in our country.
But for now, this section is intended to offer resources that may be helpful. Have resources and solutions to share? Please let us know!
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When you leave your baby with someone else for the first time, you may experience all sorts of feelings. It may feel tough to get away; maybe it feels freeing. The first few times can be painful, but once you are away, it usually get easier. What can I expect when I leave my baby […]
Providing milk for your baby is a great way to stay connected during the day and continue to give your baby a healthy start in life. Time away from your baby may mean that you need time to express milk. Here are a few practical tips: Pumping at Work and Your Rights You may have […]
For many women, resuming their education following the addition of a new baby is rewarding. Women may take pride progressing toward their goals, despite the challenges. Educational institutions usually do not have policies to support the transition to parenthood. Until change to the structure of US education is achieved, the semester does not stop when […]
Returning to work can be a challenging and emotional transition. While there may be happiness at getting back to a familiar routine there can also be sadness about being separated from baby and exhaustion at adding more responsibilities (professional and family) to your plate. Some women may chose to work while for most, it is […]