Women’s health

ParentingMaternity/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.

Maternity/Pregnancy

  1. https://www.emedicinehealth.com/pregnancy_week_by_week/article_em.htm
  2. https://www.webmd.com/baby/default.htm
  3. https://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy
  4. https://www.medicinenet.com/pregnancy/article.htm
  5. https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/
  6. http://americanpregnancy.org/
  7. https://medlineplus.gov/pregnancy.html
  8. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/pregnancy
  9. http://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/
  10. https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/

Maternity Leave

  1. https://fairygodboss.com/career-topics/maternity-leave-101-basic-things-you-should-know
  2. https://www.thecut.com/article/maternity-leave-usa.html
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maternity_leave_in_the_United_States
  4. https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-life/maternity-paternity-leave/
  5. https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-life/maternity-paternity-leave/
  6. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2011/12/maternity_leave_how_much_time_off_is_healthiest_for_babies_and_mothers_.html
  7. https://newrepublic.com/article/120939/maternity-leave-policies-america-hurt-working-moms
  8. https://hbr.org/2017/07/a-winning-parental-leave-policy-can-be-surprisingly-simple
  9. https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/maternity-leave
  10. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/02/05/the-worlds-richest-countries-guarantee-mothers-more-than-a-year-of-paid-maternity-leave-the-u-s-guarantees-them-nothing/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.00007187454a

Mother And Daughter FallThe 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.

  1. http://www.samatters.com/five-best-practices-for-managing-the-mental-workload/
  2. https://motherwellmag.com/2017/08/09/challenging-the-stereotypes-of-the-invisible-workload/
  3. https://urbanmoms.ca/parenting/invisible-workload-motherhood/
  4. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-mental-workload-of-a-mother_us_59765076e4b0c6616f7ce447
  5. http://time.com/money/4561314/women-work-home-gender-gap/
  6. https://www.workingmother.com/this-comic-perfectly-explains-mental-load-working-mothers-bear
  7. https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/can-womens-invisible-labor
  8. https://fairygodboss.com/articles/i-gave-my-husband-25-of-my-invisible-workload
  9. https://www.women.com/angie/lists/what-is-mental-load-the-invisible-workload-women-carry-in-the-household
  10. https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2016/05/09/the-invisible-worry-work-of-mothering/
  11. https://www.lovelocked.com/single-post/2017/08/07/Theres-an-Invisible-Workload-That-Drags-Men-Down-Too

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.

  1. http://www.untsystem.edu/hr-it-business-services/human-resources/family-and-medical-leave-act-fmla
  2. https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/benefits-leave/fmla
  3. https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/?apartner=aarp
  4. https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/finalrule/NonMilitaryFAQs.htm
  5. https://employment.findlaw.com/family-medical-leave/fmla-eligibility.html
  6. https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2017-06-26/6-things-employees-should-know-about-the-family-and-medical-leave-act
  7. https://fairygodboss.com/career-topics/fmla-forms-eligibility-and-other-frequently-asked-questions
  8. https://www.employmentlawhandbook.com/federal-employment-and-labor-laws/fmla/
  9. http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/fmla/guide-to-fmla.pdf
  10. http://www.nationalpartnership.org/issues/work-family/fmla.html

Infertility

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.

  1. https://medlineplus.gov/infertility.html
  2. http://obgyn.ucla.edu/infertility
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/infertility/symptoms-causes/syc-20354317
  4. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/infertility
  5. https://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/default.htm
  6. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility/index.htm
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/165748.php
  8. https://resolve.org/infertility-101/what-is-infertility/
  9. http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/
  10. https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Evaluating-Infertility

Miscarriage

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.

  1. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/miscarriage/
  2. https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/complications/miscarriage/miscarriage-causes-signs-and-what-to-expect/
  3. https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/miscarriage.aspx
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/miscarriage
  5. https://medlineplus.gov/miscarriage.html
  6. https://www.babycenter.com/0_miscarriage-signs-causes-and-treatment_252.bc
  7. https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-miscarriage#1
  8. https://www.wikihow.com/Determine-If-You-Had-a-Miscarriage
  9. https://www.wikihow.com/Cope-With-a-Miscarriage
  10. https://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-Yourself-After-a-Miscarriage

This page was last modified on October 30, 2018