Babies at Work? More Moms on the Job With Their Newborns

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The face of the workplace in America has been evolving for decades, and so have employers’ policies around families – but some say they don’t go far enough in accommodating family needs.

According to Joan Blades, co-founder and president of MomsRising.org, which is focused on building a more family-friendly nation, at companies where it can be done safely and without disruption, mothers ought to be allowed to bring their newborns to work.

“It’s a formalized agreement with your employer about how you can bring your baby to work for the first six months or crawling. It’s worked out in all sorts of workplaces,” Blades declared. “It’s wonderful for worker retention and loyalty. It creates a good community for a lot of workplaces.”

Babies-at-work programs are starting to be offered by companies around the world. In the U.S., it’s estimated that every day, more than 2,000 infants now accompany a parent to work.

The debate over family-friendly workplaces has heated up recently, with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer telling her employees with flexible arrangements that they’ll no longer be allowed to work from home, while she herself had a nursery built next to her office for her baby.

Joan Blades said businesses that take away flexibility from their workers are taking a step backward. She also declared it’ll hurt the bottom line, because it really comes down to productivity and goals reached, which can’t be measured simply by time spent at the office.

“We have decades now of research that show flexibility and telework contribute to business success, and when you give that kind of responsibility to the people working, you actually have much better employee performance and better retention and ultimately a more resilient and effective organization,” Blades said.

Blades will discuss the push for more family-friendly workplaces more in depth in a keynote address at Social Venture Network’s Spring Conference April 25-28 in San Diego. Other speakers come from such businesses as Google, Odwalla, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

More information is at SVN.org.

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95 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

depends on the office/environment/job requirement. I think it could be an awesome thing! progress!

Jessie Rodriguez
Jessie Rodriguez3 years ago

Good to see companies start to see woman as people who are raising the future adults of the world and should not be punished because they bear children and have to raise them too. Men (husbands) should be punished like women are or have been in the past as they are responsible for these children too. I remember when I was told "what would I do if my child got sick, stay at home or come to work". I said I would come to work because the companies did not want to hear you would be missing work. Rotten that a sick child was not as important as keeping a job soo you had to lie. Companies did not like married women, women with children and women that got pregnant. Where do they think they (the bigshots of the company) came from and did their mothers get treated so badly because of it?

Jessie Rodriguez
Jessie Rodriguez3 years ago

Part of the problem of the children born at the present time is lack of parents being around, lack of a nurturing upbringing, lack of structure, and latchkey kids.m Kids raise themselves and grow up faster on their own with just a phone to keep in contact with their parents. Now we wonder why kids turn out bad with all the problems in the world ready to take them down the darksides of the street.

Jessie Rodriguez
Jessie Rodriguez3 years ago

Part of the problem of the children born at the present time is lack of parents being around, lack of a nurturing upbringing, lack of structure, and latchkey kids.m Kids raise themselves and grow up faster on their own with just a phone to keep in contact with their parents. Now we wonder why kids turn out bad with all the problems in the world ready to take them down the darksides of the street.

Jessie Rodriguez
Jessie Rodriguez3 years ago

Good to see companies start to see woman as people who are raising the future adults of the world and should not be punished because they bear children and have to raise them too. Men (husbands) should be punished like women are or have been in the past as they are responsible for these children too. I remember when I was told "what would I do if my child got sick, stay at home or come to work". I said I would come to work because the companies did not want to hear you would be missing work. Rotten that a sick child was not as important as keeping a job soo you had to lie. Companies did not like married women, women with children and women that got pregnant. Where do they think they (the bigshots of the company) came from and did their mothers get treated so badly because of it?

Connie O.
Connie O.3 years ago

kudos to any company that has onsite childcare facilities.

Freida Vb
G Vb3 years ago

Our children are our future.
Each company has its own unique setting. Should the company have the available space, a reasonably priced day care center is recommendable.The proximity of the day care center to the mother or father allows time for bonding between parent and child. Short visits between meetings and daily business activities gives the parent a sense peace decreasing "worry time" resulting to a more productive employee. The infant whose need for the warmth of a hug or an embrace from his/her own parent will no doubt grow to be a more emotionally secure child, hence, a stable citizen who will be well equipped to face the bigger world with confidence. In turn, this young individual will be able to share the love he/she got during his infancy onto the people he/she encounters in his future associations... A parent's love carries through a lifetime. Let's allow parenting at the workplace...

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck3 years ago

Thanks.

Christine W.
Christine W.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago

Thanks