Healthy maternity policies in the workplace: Nevada Department of Health and Human Services' experience with the "Bring Your Infant to Work" program
Method: Qualitative and quantitative surveys were sent out to all of the mothers (N=24) and coworkers of mother/baby dyads (N=424) who have participated in this program at Nevada's Depatment of Heath and Human Services between 2009-2013.
Results: Participating mothers reported an average maternity leave of 8 weeks, average amount of savings on day care of $2,850.00, an average duration of breastfeeding of 12.5 months, and an average number of sick days taken due to infant illness of 2. Of the coworkers who had experienced direct proximity to an infant in the program, 82% reported having a positive experience and 83% reported a favorable view of the policy.
Conclusions: The Bring Your Infant to Work program is one of the most progressive healthy maternity policies to date. When implemented correctly, it can lead to numerous benefits for families and businesses, including: reduced maternity leave, an easier transition back into to the workplace, increased meeting and exceeding of breastfeeding goals, continued access to income and health and retirement benefits, and the maintenance of a large and diverse workforce for employers.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Discuss the unique role of women in the workplace and the existing workplace/workforce mismatch that leads many to quit their jobs after the initiation of motherhood. Describe the potential benefits to businesses and families with the adoption of this policy in the workplace. Discuss the qualitative and quantitative survey results of the both the mothers and the coworkers of the mother/baby dyads who have participated in this program at Nevada's Department of Health and Human Services.
Keyword(s): Maternal and Child Health, Policy/Policy Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator of our workplace's experience with the Bring Your Infant to Work Program. I am the Breastfeeding Coordinator for State of Nevada and have a significant interest in promoting healthy mother-baby policies, specifically those that aid in breastfeeding success.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.