Census: New Moms Returning to Work

Initiatives such as an emergency nanny service and letting employees work up to three days from home are important in retaining all types of workers, said Evelyne Steward, vice president for work-life initiatives at Discovery Communications, Inc. in Bethesda, Md.

“From a bottom-line perspective, we believe it will help attract good workers and top talent,” Steward said.

Some mothers looking to go back to work face more dilemmas than just child care, said Carbone Rogers of Mothers & More.

“Even when flexible options are offered, some mothers turn it down because it may mean you are marginalized at work. It may mean they are going to be denied promotion,” she said. “They feel like they can’t make those career trade-offs.”

Sheryl Alcock of Clayton, Calif., quit her job as a preschool teacher after the first of her two children was born 4½ years ago. She plans to return to work eventually but right now wants to concentrate on raising her son and 14-month-old daughter.

“It’s understandable that people have to go to work, but it’s fine if you’re also a stay-at-home mom,” she said. “I’m fortunate I can do it, and if I couldn’t I’d be working outside the home, too.”

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