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UPDATE: Sperm And Egg Freezing Added To Parental Leave Perks For Military Service Members

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We've said it before (and we'll say it again), military parents have one of the toughest jobs in the world. But recent news may make it easier. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has unveiled a pilot program that will pay for troops to have their sperm or eggs preserved. That way, if they—and their reproductive... Read more

How Baked By Melissa's Founder Is Handling Nerves About Labor and First-Time Motherhood

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Melissa Ben-Ishay is the President and Chief Product Officer of the New York City-based dessert company Baked by Melissa. When Ben-Ishay was fired from her job in advertising in 2008, she decided to do what she loved—to offer consumers the ultimate dessert experience. With the idea that people should be able to taste more... Read more

Pumping At Work: The Etiquette Guide Your Co-workers Need

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Making milk for a baby while at work is awkward. Some people even find it disgusting. So it's important that we make sure we are all acting in a way that makes our co-workers comfortable. But even more importantly, our co-workers need to know how to react to a pumping mom. I've pulled... Read more

Mom Pens Letter To Delta After Breast Milk Incident: 'I'm An Angry Mom Right Now'

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As a new mom, it's extremely difficult to be away from baby for an extended period of time, but it's even worse when you're nursing. While traveling for business, Vanessa Kasten Urango, a Texas mom of two, was told by Delta Air Lines that she could not travel with frozen breast milk. The angry mom... Read more

Is Netflix's New Parental Leave Policy Bad For Women?

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UPDATE: In response to backlash about its seemingly amazing parental leave policy -- which didn't include hourly employees -- Netlix has extended its coverage to workers not on salary. Employees in the DVD division will get up to 12 weeks of paid leave; customer service 14 weeks; and hourly streaming-division employees 16 weeks. It's notable, however, that... Read more

A Game-Changing Back To Work Option For New Moms

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Imagine a world in which new moms could resume their careers, but on their own time. Now, meet The Second Shift, a new website that pairs moms who left their professional careers with companies looking to hire freelancers and consultants. The company was founded almost a year ago by two friends and mothers, Jenny Galluzzo and... Read more

Why America's Lack Of Paid Parental Leave Is Everyone's Problem

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Jessica Shortall is a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump, and now she’s here to give you advice for dealing with the challenges of being a working and pumping... Read more

The Tyranny Of The TSA: Set Our Breast Pumps Free!

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Jessica Shortall is a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump, and now she’s here to give you advice for dealing with the challenges of being a working and pumping... Read more

Adele Admits This Parenting Truth: It's 'F**king Hard'

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While Adele Adkins is primarily known for her astounding musical talent, her success doesn’t end there. In her first interview in three years, the famous singer gave a huge ‘Hello’ to parents and finally opened up about one of her most successful roles in life: being a mom. Adele, 27, and partner, Simon Konecki, 41,... Read more

Yelp, But For Maternity Leave Policies

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"Should I ask in an interview what a company's maternity leave policies are like?" Women in their 20s and 30s, maybe not trying to get pregnant at all, feel stuck just knowing this could be coming down the pike. Ask, and you're labeled with a huge CAUTION sign: "Warning! About to Get Pregnant! Do Not... Read more