Discrimination Towards Mothers

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Becoming a mother is one of the wildest personal development courses I have ever taken, and I bet many other moms would agree.

From finding out you are expecting to the research of doctors, birth plans, nutrition, exercise. You are then telling friends and family, communicating with your partner, planning for child care, finances, and the list goes on. A lot is going on!

Add into the mix our current global pandemic and the apparent discrimination that somehow still exists towards mothers and expecting women.

It’s unbelievable that our world isn’t falling off the axis.

Like most women, I have felt discrimination before for just being a woman. That isn’t a new feeling, unfortunately, to any of us. However, the level at which corporate America and corporations blatantly discriminate against mothers and pregnant women is shocking.

The New York Times shared a statistic that 86% of women 40-44 (end of “child-bearing” age) are mothers.

So exactly how is it possible that so many people in our society act as though having a child is a wild experience and difficult to understand?

For me, it has been eye-opening.

Between jumping through hoops to understand maternity leave protocols and rules, navigating health insurance and hospital policies, and currently selling and purchasing a home. At the same time, I am scheduled to be on maternity leave. I have found that many people don’t know that most women have a vaginal delivery and do not have a planned c-section (big hugs to mamas who end up needing an emergency or non-emergency section while in the hospital).

I’ve been asked countless rude, insensitive, inquisitive, and discriminative questions while preparing for my birth.

Moms, we have to be our advocate for all things, and this is one of them. Know your rights, know the law, and protect yourself and your family when going through this season of change.

Let’s all try to be a part of the solution, and when we know better, do better for these mamas.

  • Support maternity and paternity leave policies.
  • Ask a new mom about how you can help.
  • Ask an existing mom about how you can help.
  • Help and support in your community filled with working moms.

For the love of all that is holy, do not ask a pregnant woman you work with if she is planning on returning to work.

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