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Helping New Moms Get Back to Work

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October 4, 2011, Volume 58, No. 06

This is the first in a series of articles this October to honor National Work and Family Month—a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of worklife benefits.

New moms have their hands full after having a baby, especially when planning to return to work. From child care and commuting arrangements to meeting your nursing needs if you’re breastfeeding, planning your work day is no small task when you’re caring for a new child. But we can help you make the process more manageable.

Take advantage of the many benefits Penn offers to help you balance the competing demands of work and raising a new child.

  • Worklife Resources is a free and confidential tool that can help you find child care options that are right for you.
  • Penn’s backup care program gives you access to temporary in-home backup care services—seven days a week, day or night—to help you meet your family’s needs while you work.
  • Snow Day Child Care provides day care for your child when Philadelphia public schools are closed due to inclement weather but Penn is open.
  • If you’re nursing a newborn, Penn’s Nursing Mothers Program gives you time and space to manage your lactation needs at work.
  • A Dependent Care Pre-Tax Expense Account can help you save on taxes for daycare expenses.

Learn more about these programs at a Human Resources workshop on October 13: Returning to Work after Having a Baby. To register, visit the HR course catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog and choose work life balance from the “browse by category” section.

 

Related: Nominating Models of Excellence; HR: Upcoming Programs

Almanac - October 4, 2011, Volume 58, No. 06