6 thoughts on “The Insufficiency of Current Maternal Policies

  1. Mohammed Kazim Mohammed Kazim says:

    wonderfully put and i completely agree with you. It is very important that a mother plays a major role the initial year of her child’s development by being available. However, as a business owner, I find it very difficult to accept this even if it was subsidized by the government. The interruption of work can potentially destroy me as a small business. Therefore, I believe that this may be a great idea for smaller less essential roles but can backfire majorly for crucial roles. Would love your thoughts :)

  2. iamshaima iamshaima says:

    Thanks for your feedback Mohammed, appreciate your thoughts. Yes i understand the struggle that SME's might go through to support new moms, and I think that alternative solutions are still reachable. Perhaps the laws can be somewhat adapted to suit SME's diffeently than larger corporations. Working from home after the 45 day leave, is a perfect example of satisfactory comrpomise, thework gets done whilst the mother still gets to spend more time with her new born at home. As previously mentioned, some companies may find it a huge burden to finance longer periods of maternity leave, but the issue here is not always about the pay, but the flexibility of this can work for both parties. Whether is flexi time, work from home, or even part time. Options are much needed. I hope that helped :
    Shaima

  3. heike says:

    You are so right, dear Shaima! Supporting working mums and giving them a framework that enables them to juggle job and babies makes so much sense. Woman tend to be highly educated and the society as a whole will greatly benefit form providing a framework that enables woman to work and bring up kids instead of more or less force the ladies into full-time-motherhood due to lack of flexible alternatives. A paid maternity leave will encourage much more ladies to have kids and convenient child-care facilities can back-up the return to the job. In Germany the parent can decide if mother or father are taking the governmental supported "parent-time". Equal rights – ideally parents shall be free to decide, who is taking time off.
    @Mohamed – completely understandable from a point of smaller enterprises. A bit of planning might be possible- hiring a them already during pregnancy and if the young mother is out of the job for a year or so, it might be even easier to have a good replacement than to cover just for a shorter period.

  4. Sarah says:

    It's a difficult path. On the one hand, you want to foster strong family relationships. On the other, it's difficult to do this while keeping small businesses in the black. Yes, it would need to be government funded. In Australia, a woman is entitled to 1 year maternity leave, but it is unpaid. There is absolutely NO paid maternity leave for the private sector, 3 months for public sector. The greatest problem resides in the return to work. Women are only entitled to return to the job they left. And with an underfunded child care system, this is difficult. This results in many women having to resign and looking for part time work elsewhere. No matter what way we look at it, and from whatever viewpoint, it will be impossible to keep everyone happy.

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