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OPTIMIZING MATERNTIY LEAVE

Maternity Leave Policy + The Mommy Plan Workshop = A Roadmap to Post-Pregnancy Recovery

“Extended, paid Maternity Leave alone is not enough IF a Mother’s recovery is not anticipated and managed.” – Valerie Lynn

The #1 complication from pregnancy is recovery.

Over 1,000,000 women, 1 in 5, or 20% of new Mothers experience Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) resulting in a $20 billion cost to the U.S. economy.

United States Statistics

75%

Percentage of expecting mothers say they are excited to go back to work.

43%

Percentage of new mothers that leave their careers in the first year.

50%

Percentage of new mothers that return and switch to a lower paying  job at a family-friend.

43%

Percentage of new mothers who do not return after.

20-210%

The cost of an employee’s salary to replace a  women who doesn’t return after maternity leave.

$20 billion

Cost of the U.S. economy – lost productivity extended maternity and related factors.

Statistic sources: "Back to work: The billion-dollar opportunity for companies," Maven Clinic, www.manevclinic.com, Dec.2017.

A SUCCESSFUL MATERNITY LEAVE POLICY IS SUPPORTED BY A POST-PREGNANCY WELLNESS PROGRAM

Each employee should be provided with the information to develop a comprehensive Post-Pregnancy Recuperation and Recovery Plan as a method to reduce the estimated Employee Turnover rate of 50% of new Mothers who resign during the first year of returning from Maternity Leave, and the trickle-down costs. My solution is based on postnatal recovery programs that are supported by science and evidence-based practices encompassing a new Mother’s nutrition, diet and meal plan, personal care, body care, gentle exercises, and mental health needs. This fosters holistic, systematic, and progressive healing to take place.

HIDDEN COSTS: ANNUAL MATERNITY LEAVE COST AND ESTIMATED COST OF EMPLOYEE TURNOVER

CASE STUDY: A company with one employee on a 12-week Maternity Leave with an annual salary of $50,000 spends an estimated $11,450 in direct salary costs related only to those employees, not including costs related to:

  • Cost of Insurance for employees.
  • Loss of revenue associated with employees out on leave.
  • Number of new Fathers out on 4 weeks of Paternity Leave.
  • Number of staff out on Family Leave for maternity-related matters.
  • Cost of temporary staff or overtime of co-workers linked to employees out on leave.
Table 1: Cost of 1 Employee on Maternity Leave – 12 - weeks
Employees Annual Salary Workdays / Year Salary / Day Maternity leave workdays Annual Cost
1 $50,000 262 $191 60 $11,450
Table 2: Estimated Turnover Cost of 1 Employee that Resigns due to Maternity Related Reasons
Employees Annual Salary Average replacement cost 20% - 210%  of annual salary Maternity Leave Cost Turnover + Maternity leave cost
1 $50,000 $10,000 - $105,000 $11,450 $21,450 - $116-450

Importance of the 4th Trimester - Holistic Pregnancy Experience | Pregnancy: 280 + 90 = 370 days

  • 4th Trimester – additional 90 days.
  • The First 6 weeks, or the Healing Window of Opportunity
  • The first 6 weeks or 42 days = 15% of the time spent pregnant.
  • 85 – 90% of the physical healing, shrinkage occurs.

SOCIETAL CHALLENGE

American women believe their recovery begins after the six-week, post-birth, check-up; and the American medical system fails to offer any instruction for physical, emotional, or mental recovery. Traditional exercise and dieting are not appropriate for post-baby recovery which includes the unique conditions of a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth. This leads to a “Mind-Body – Disconnect” when a new Mother tries to function ‘normally’ or as she did prior to pregnancy, but finds that she is struggling to manage taking care of her career and newborn; on top of usual familial and household activities. Eventually, the experience is that her body seemingly is not cooperating with her mind, causing great stress. What is done differently in Asia – is planning and capitalization on the first six weeks when the “active process of the revision of the effects of pregnancy” is taking place. Minimum effort with maximum results. Then Phase II: After 6 – weeks.

This is the key to a strong, faster, balance recovery, and recuperation.

How Maternity Leave in the U. S. Is Spent

WESTERN COUNTRIES: POST-PREGNANCY RECUPERATION AND RECOVERY TIMELINE
BASED ON A MATERNITY LEAVE POLICY - 8 WEEKS | 56 DAYS | 2 MONTHS
PHASE I: HEALING WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY PHASE II: 6 WEEKS AND BEYOND
DAY 0-42 | 42 DAYS | 16 WEEKS | 11.4 MONTHS DAY 43- 56 | 14 DAYS | 12 WEEKS | 10.5 MONTHS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
RECOVERY IS DELAYED FOR 6 WEEKS
A common medical instructions is that recovery should not begin, or even be considered, until after the six-week medical check. A Mother attempts to resume normal Ilestyle activ ties too soon. The Healing Window of Opportunity is missed.
UNMANAGED, RANDOM RECOVERY BEGINS
85-90% of the physical healing has tak en place. New Mothers begin recovery, with little guidance, missing the Healing Window of Opportunity. This resuts in a weakened, prolonged recovery where normally the remainder of Maternity Leave is spent focusing on caring for a newborn baby with the recognition that recovering, and recuperating takes longer and is much more challenging than expected because there are no definitive recovery guidelines to follow.

Expectation of an Employer returning from Maternity Leave

  • A well-rested, healed productive employee returning to positively contribute to the organization functioning physically and mentally as prior to going on maternity leave.

 

Reality

  • Most new mothers return not physically healed or hormonally re-balanced which is directly related to maternal mental instability as their minds are on their baby leading to reduction in productivity and an increase in illness and absenteeism.

 

Extended, paid Maternity Leave does not guarantee:

  • That an employee will return.
  • That an employee will be as productive as she had been previously.
  • That an employee will return and quit the same year.
  • That an employee will not experience postpartum emotions that may have an adverse effect on job performance.

Why is Maternity Leave alone NOT sufficient?

  • Due to cultural norms in the United States, new mothers typically delay their recovery until after Phase I or the 6-week medical exam.
  • The critical Phase I: 0 to 6 weeks post-birth – is the “Healing Window of Opportunity” that is not well understood; neither is Phase II – 6 weeks and beyond.
  • Currently, maternity-specific, recovery guidelines, and proven recovery programs that focus on after birth diet and personal care exist in many countries around the world, but not the United States and most other western countries.

 

How Maternity Leave in Asia (Malaysia) is Spent

ASIA : POST-PREGNANCY RECUPERATION AND RECOVERY TIME LINE
BASED ON A MATERNITY LEAVE POLICY - 12 WEEKS | 84 DAYS | 2.7 MONTHS
PHASE I: HEALING WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY PHASE II: 6 WEEKS AND BEYOND
DAY 0-42 | 42 DAYS | 6 WEEKS | 1.4 MONTHS DAY 43 -84 | 41 DAYS | 6 WEEKS | 1.4 MONTHS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
ACTIVELY, MANAGED, HOLISTIC AND SYSTEMATIC RECOVERY BEGINS
FROM DAY 1- 42, BIRTH DAY

Women understand the Healing Window of Opportunity. Recovery is actively managed from Day 1, based on specific postnatal recovery guidelines. A new Mother's focus is divided between her own healing and caring for her newborn baby.
BEGINS RESUMING NORMAL LIFE
80-85% of the physical healing has taken place. The serious healing is considered to be completed. Recovery continues to be actively managed but less of a focus.
QUALITY TIME
A strong physical and hormonally-balanced recovery has taken place. The remainder of Maternity Leave is focused on Mother being fully present with her newborn and family, primed to return to her career.

COST SAVINGS

Maternity leave policy is a significant investment of a company in its employee. Based on the case study above, there is a potential cost savings of $21,450 – $116-450, in maternity-related employee turnover by simply re-educating employees with the most relevant and up-to-date information from a country that has the lowest rates of postpartum mood disorders in the world from Malaysia, studied in-depth by Valerie Lynn. By re-educating employees on the most effective methods of after birth recovery may result in:

Business Outcomes

  • Lower absenteeism.
  • Lower health care costs.
  • Higher work productivity.
  • Higher employee retention.
  • Higher job satisfaction.
  • Reduces maternity claims
  • Drives retention rates.

Employee Health Outcomes

  • Strong physical, mental, and hormonal recuperation.
  • Increased ability to cope with the back-to-work transition.
  • Improved energy levels.
  • Improved stress management.
  • Greatly reduces the risk to Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) with in the first year.

Examining the Corporate / Business World

Extended Paid Maternity Leave in the U.S.

A major topic of board room discussion is the investment in paid, extended maternity, and paternity leave. It is too early to determine if the Return On Investment (ROI) has been validated. The question will be if ROI isn’t validated within five years will these benefits be rolled back? Nearly all western countries do not have a Postnatal Heritage with a deep body of knowledge to draw upon to guide women as they recover from pregnancy and childbirth. A change of thinking in the board room is simply not enough. Employees need to be provided specific guidance in this specialized health field. It is only now that companies are looking beyond their country borders to the East to fill this void with the “new body of centuries-old wisdom”.

Why Are There No Postpartum Recovery Guidelines?

Simply, because healing and recuperation of a new mother take place at home and is not the responsibility of a medical doctor. The conventional practice that has been followed is the medical responsibility of an OBGYN normally ends with a successful birth of a baby and then a physical check at six-weeks postpartum. A doctor is not responsible for the healing and recuperation of a mother so there was no focus, nor interest, on this final part of pregnancy the transition from a pregnant to a non-pregnant state.

Maternity leave alone does not guarantee an employee will return to work performing at the same level as prior to going on leave. Your organization has made a significant decision to honor new families by investing in an extended, paid maternity leave policy. However, leave is only part of this complicated equation; another part are recuperation guidelines specific to recovery after pregnancy and childbirth.

Your employees require this vital information, presented in a concise step-by-step manner, to manage their post-baby nutritional diet, personal care, and activities. This knowledge will not only increase the likelihood of a strong, healthy, and balanced recovery but also ensure the return of happier and more productive employees as they are able to have a faster, strong recovery allowing for quality-bonding time with their newborn.

Maternity leave + The Mommy Plan Workshop = A Roadmap to Recovery After Pregnancy

The Mommy Plan Workshop imparts globally-proven, successful maternity recovery practices that:

  • Enhances existing maternity leave programs by providing employees with the vital knowledge they need to manage post-baby nutrition, diet, personal care, activities, and mental health to ensure a strong, healthy, and balanced recovery.
  • Maximizes maternity leave, as mothers can minimize their recovery time and improve the quality of time spent with their newborns before returning to work.
  • Accelerates and strengthens the healing process, which positively impacts the body’s ability to re-balance hormonal levels.
  • Increases the likelihood that your employee will return to work at the same productivity level.

The sooner pregnancy recovery is managed, the quicker and more sound the recovery.

Each participant will have a new outlook and a general understanding of:

  • The transition from pregnancy to birth and how that effects the body internally.
  • The condition of the post-baby body from birthing day.
  • How to support, and manage“the active process of the revision of the effects of pregnancy” more effectively.
  • Specific postnatal nutrition and dietary recommendations during the first 30-days and then beyond.
  • Top five personal care musts.

Each participant will receive:

SUMMATION

Extended, paid Maternity Leave is a fundamental variable needed for new Mothers to recover from pregnancy and childbirth; however, time-off from work is not enough as it is an “unmanaged or unplanned recovery with varying results.” The program Optimizing Maternity Leave will fill the gap left by the medical system, provide a managed plan of recovery, and foster a higher Return on Investment (ROI) made in its employees.

For more information please contact valerie@ecopostnatalcare.com