Posts Tagged ‘mothers’

March of Dimes on Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Does your company have a good maternity policy?  How about paternity leave?  Although we’ve only been on Working Mother Media’s 100 Best Companies for two years, the March of Dimes has a long history of influencing women’s ability to balance work and life.

“The March of Dimes is honored to be part of this 25th Anniversary and the fact that a nonprofit with limited resources can make this prestigious list two years in a row shows that any company truly dedicated to supporting mothers, families and healthy childbearing can make a difference for its employees,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Throughout the years, March of Dimes has recommended – and offered – policies and benefits that promote the health of babies and mothers.”

Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media said, “We are pleased to count March of Dimes as one of the 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Employees care deeply about the work they do at this nonprofit, which supports preconception and prenatal care and baby health. To honor fathers’ participation in their infants’ lives, March of Dimes increased paid paternity leave last year from one week to two, while mothers can take 26 job-guaranteed weeks off after the birth of a child, with six at full pay.”

We are so pleased to be included for a second time on this list and would love to see many other companies follow the standards set by Working Mother.  Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at

Adults say the darndest things

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

From the moment my husband and I announced that we were expecting we’ve been showered with attention, well-wishes, cards, and gifts from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. This is truly an exciting time for us and I’m loving every minute. I also feel like I’m being indoctrinated into a special sub-culture of women. The mothers I know who have experienced the wonder of pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting have welcomed me with open arms. It’s my turn. These amazing women have been sharing their pearls of wisdom with me, too. I’ve recorded their sentiments to treasure for years to come. 

“Your rear end is getting big. You must be having a girl.” – My 95 year old neighbor. I know she’s 95, but come on! There’s no excuse for that.
“I hate that name.” – My mother-in-law’s reaction when I told her a baby name we’re considering. Thanks, but why don’t you tell me how you really feel?

“Are you constipated yet?” – My best friend in Florida. Now that’s just gross and none of your business.

“It’s going to hurt really badly.” – A colleague at a conference. Thanks, no one has ever mentioned that before. Good to know.

“Your boobs are getting big.” – A co-worker. OK…maybe I don’t mind this one so much.

“Oh, just you wait.” – My sister’s daily reminder that I have no idea what I’m in for. Wait for what? The next insensitive comment to come out of your mouth? Yeah you’re right…I can’t wait.

“Eat almonds and you won’t need an episiotomy.” – My sister-in-law. Huh? I’m not even touching that one.

What’s wrong with you people?? Let’s get a few things straight… (1) I don’t need this, (2) every pregnancy is unique and (3) I hate old wives tales and bad health information. Why do women feel the need to haze each other in this way? I’m putting my foot down and from now on if I hear anything other than, “you’re glowing” you’re going to be at the receiving end of my hCG-estrogen-progesterone wrath. Got it? OK, phew…I feel better. Somebody get me a snack.