Welcoming a child with your better half is super exciting, especially when you are expecting your first. While many women who are moms-to-be are learning how to welcome their bundle of joy, there are those who don’t want to take time-offs for themselves.
We have no doubt that even if you’re a working mom, you’re amazing at your job and household duties. However, sometimes overlooking small things can be troublesome, especially for mom’s and baby’s health.
Maternity leaves are extremely important for the family, and it is vital for organisations to provide their female staff with these leaves, and paternity leaves for fathers. There are several reasons why they are important, including:
1. Employee Retention
By giving paid parental leaves, organisations ensure that they have a good-faith relationship with their employee, and this helps curb high turnover rates. Moreover, companies prefer keeping on old employees as new ones require an investment of resources and investment. Through these leaves both parents and company are happy.
2. Human Rights
Receiving paid maternal or paternal leaves is a right of every employee. According to the laws in Pakistan, the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill (2018) provides paid maternity leave to all female employees working in entities under the administrative control of the Federal Government for 180 days on the first birth, 120 days on the second birth and 90 days on the third birth of a child.
3. Helps Mom & Dad Prepare the Welcoming
They say that until the baby doesn’t arrive, mom and dad are always trying to figure things out until the last moment. From preparing the baby’s bag to making sure mom is doing fine, to the test, and checkups, and making sure the house is ready to welcome the child, there is much to do. These leaves help take off pressure from the mother who may be overthinking the preparations.
4. Bonding Time
It is important for mom and dad to be in a happy place to welcome their bundle of joy. Once the baby arrives, it needs both parents to not only look after its needs but also attention and quality time with both.
5. Taking Classes & Getting Help
Parents take different classes to prepare the welcoming, from breastfeeding classes to how to swaddle and change diapers. These classes are important and help parents prepare for every kind of situation. Moreover, studies show that adequate maternity leave can lead to lower infant mortality rates, health benefits for the mother, higher female labour force participation and increased breastfeeding rates.
What are your thoughts on the importance of maternity leaves? Share them with us in the comments below.
Stay tuned to WOW360.