When I first moved to the United States, I hadn’t thought much about having children or how maternity leave differs here from the U.K. I was only 25 and it seemed so far away and I didn’t even know when I wanted children. Fast forward to my early 30’s and we were ready to start trying for a family and that meant thinking about whether to leave my job or try and persuade them to let me take more time off than is typical in the U.S.
Luckily I work for an extremely understanding company who allowed me to take 7 precious months with my daughter, keeping my job open for me and being encouraging and helpful when I returned. Not all mother’s in the U.S. get that same opportunity, with companies only required to offer a new mother 12 weeks of protected leave, which doesn’t have to be paid (and has other restrictions).
In collaboration with a group of other wonderful Mom (Mum as most are in the U.K.) bloggers, we put together a list of 10 questions that we hope will give more insight into our choices around our careers and motherhood and how they can both work together.