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Let's Talk Babies!

I don’t know if you had a chance to watch today’s episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show (you can watch clips from the show on the website). I just happened to be home today while the show was on (I am usually at work) so I decided to watch it and I’m glad I did. Today’s show was all about the challenge of deciding whether to be a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, as well as the lack of maternity leave in the United States.

One of the guests was Elizabeth Vargas of ABC who decided to step down as co-anchor of World News Tonight after she found out she was pregnant with her second child.  There is so much that goes into making the decision about whether to be a stay-at-home mom or a working mom. It is a very personal decision and one that involves a lot of thought and consideration. No one can tell you what the right decision is for you. Elizabeth Vargas addressed the importance of quality maternity leave and how the lack of maternity leave here in the United States has a big impact on the decision of whether to stay home or go back to work after having a child.

A few months ago I wrote an article on the leave available to women in the United States after they give birth and how it compares to the leave available in other countries. Elizabeth Vargas has taken up the cause of getting the message out about the need for better maternity leave in this country. What went into your decision on whether to stay home or return to work? What would you have done differently if you could?

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One Response to Stay-at-home Mom or Working Mom

  • Sherry Funston says:

    I felt that I needed to go back to work to remain current in nursing and maintain a certain level of knowlege if I wanted to continue my career.I worked part-time until both of my children were in school but if I have any regrets now it is that I didn’t spend as much time as I wanted to with my children and even after they were in school wish I’d had more flexibility to go on shcool trips and be involved in that setting.I wish I’d done more playing and less cleaning!!

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