maternity leave 

Spain's new defense minister takes "working mom" to a whole new level

Spain's newly appointed defense minister made international news this week as she reviewed troops in Madrid and was sworn in. Not only is Carme Chacón, 37, the first woman to head Spain's armed forces, she is also seven months pregnant. The s...

Can battlestar galactica save your marriage?

I was always under the impression that television was ultimately doom for a married couple, especially if they had kids or were ever planning on having sex again. One couple takes on that debate in a recent article from MSN TV News. According to aut...

Tips for telling your boss you're pregnant

I've now had the experience of sharing with two separate bosses the news of my impending joy. No one knew how it would go, regardless of whether it was rehearsed or just seemed like an opportune moment. Reactions vary by person depending on what ki...

High schoolers want maternity leave

It's important for a woman to have time to regain her strength, heal, and bond with her new child after giving birth. Unfortunately, many businesses in this country do not provide a new mother (let alone a new father) with any paid time off, other th...

Off to daycare

Today, Wednesday, is the last day I get to spend with my baby before he goes off to daycare. Tomorrow and Friday I'll be at work and Daddy will watch him. We'll have the weekend as a threesome. Then, bright and early Monday morning we'll start our n...

Enjoy your time with your children

Gee, that sounds logical. Like no one ever thought of that. Still, I got your attention, no? I'm writing today because an interesting era of my life, albeit a small one, is about to come to an end. Really, it's more like a crashing halt, and one th...

Should multiple birth parents get longer parental leave?

Just because you have twins, or triplets, should you get more time off work than someone who has their babies one at a time? A Canadian group for parents of multiple births is trying to change the laws in that country so such parents get longer par...

ABC's 20/20 story on breastfeeding, follow up

I watched ABC's 20/20 episode, which I mentioned in a post yesterday. Right before it came on, I got a comment on that post from Linda Doty, saying she had the TV on, so I emailed her and asked her what time zone she was in. It turns out that we live...

Short maternity leave: Houston firefighter gives birth, pops pills, takes exam

At least Beda Kent didn't have to fight a fire hours after giving birth. She was up for a promotion to Captain in the Houston Fire Department, and a state law required all promotion candidates to be tested immediately - four days after her due date. ...

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