Maternity/Pregnancy and Maternity Leave
Navigating the maternity landscape can be daunting and confusing for a first-time mom. When you are directed to your company’s FMLA policy, you are thrown into a hodge podge of forms and documents that require extensive reviewing. Unless you ask the appropriate questions to your Human Resources department and talk to other new mothers, it can be difficult to get all of the necessary answers. Here are some helpful links to help you navigate the maternity and maternity leave scene.
- Pregnancy Week by Week
- 21 Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts
- Pregnancy Tools and Topics
- First, Second and Third Trimester
- Pregnancy and Birth
- American Pregnancy
- Medline Plus
- Planned Parenthood
- Pregnancy Birth Baby
- What to Expect
- Maternity Leave 101
- Everything You Need to Know About Maternity Leave in the US
- Maternity Leave in the US – Wikipedia
- Maternity – Paternity Leave
- Ideal Maternity Leave Length
- New Republic – Maternity Leave Policies in America
- A Winning Parental Leave Policy Can Be Surprisingly Simple
- What to Expect – Maternity Leave
- The world’s richest countries guarantee mothers more than a year of paid maternity leave.
The Invisible Workload
The invisible workload of male and female faculty members often goes unnoticed and pushed to the backburner with all of the roles a faculty member plays. This third or fourth shift after the faculty member goes home can take a toll on his or her physical, mental, and emotional stress. Please follow these helpful links to receive more information on the invisible workload.
- Five Best Practices for Managing the Mental Workload
- Challenging the stereotypes of the invisible workload
- Urban Moms
- The Mental Workload Of A Mother
- This Comic Perfectly Explains the Mental Load Working Mothers Bear
- Fairy God Boss
- What Is Mental Load? The Invisible Workload Women Carry In The Household.
- The Invisible Worry Work of Mothering
Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA)
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was first approved on February 5, 1993. The act allows employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. Eligible employees include those who have worked for the company for at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs at least 50 employees within 75 miles. Eligible employees can take FMLA for any of the following reasons: (1) for the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee; (2) for placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care; (3) to care for an immediate family member (e.g., spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or (4) to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition. Please follow the following helpful links to learn more about FMLA.
- UNT System – Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- US Department of Labor
- US Department of Labor – FAQs – FMLA Update
- FMLA Eligibility
- 6 Things Employees Should Know About the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Federal Employment and Labor Laws – FMLA
- Downloadable Guide to Family and Medical Leave Act
- National Partnership for Women and Families
By definition, infertility is not being able to conceive after a year of unprotected sex. About 10-15% of couples have infertility issues, but half of these couple eventually bear a child. Testing, drugs, and various infertility procedures can be a taxing, emotional process. Here are some useful links to help guide one through infertility issues.
- Medline Plus – Infertility
- Infertility: Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis
- Mayo Clinic – Infertility
- US Department of Health and Human Services – Infertility
- WebMD – Infertility and Reproduction
- CDC – Infertility FAQs
- Infertility in Men and Women
- Infertility 101
- American Pregnancy – Infertility
- ACOG – Evaluating Infertility
Approximately 10-25% of pregnancies end up in miscarriage. Although it is common, it is not often talked about. Going through a miscarriage can be heartbreaking: physically, mentally, and emotionally. The expectant parents are constantly going through their minds, what might have caused this unfortunate incident. With every pregnancy, we have hopes of holding our child after carrying them for 10 months. With a miscarriage, those dreams are shattered. However, having a miscarriage, does not necessarily mean that you cannot become pregnant again. Please follow these helpful links to receive more information on miscarriage and how to deal with miscarriage. Many web sites also sell miscarriage jewelry to help with coping.
- Signs of Miscarriage: When Should I Worry?
- March of Dimes – Miscarriage
- Everything You Need to Know About Miscarriage
- Medline Plus – Miscarriage
- Miscarriage: Signs, causes, and treatment
- WebMD – Miscarriage
- How to Determine If You Had a Miscarriage
- How to Cope With a Miscarriage
- How to Care for Yourself After a Miscarriage