Raising Women’s Voices

Two New Studies Suggest That Maternity Leave Benefits Health of Moms and Babies

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on February 1, 2009

The Juggling Work and Life During Pregnancy study of maternity leave and pregnancy outcomes showed that women who take leaves before and after birth were less likely to deliver via cesarean section and more likely to breastfeed. The first paper examined the outcomes of women who were able to take a leave after 35 weeks of pregnancy.  Those women who had more time off from work  “had almost 4 times lower odds of a primary cesarean delivery as women who continued working.”  The second paper considered whether or not leaves before and after birth played in a role in the establishment of breastfeeding.  The report found that those women who returned to work earlier than others were less likely to establish breastfeeding.

For links to the two studies, visit Our Bodies Our Blog.

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