Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition

The Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, government agencies and employers created to improve the working conditions and health of new parents.

Workplace conditions affect the health of new parents and their young children. Employer policies related to lactation accommodation, pregnancy and parental leave and work-life balance can affect critical health outcomes for women and infants. These workplace policy differences lead to potential disparities in critical health outcomes for women and infants, including postpartum depression, psychological stress, breastfeeding duration, and childhood development.

Healthy Mothers Workplace Award

The Coalition and community partners have developed the Healthy Mothers Workplace Award for Excellence in Maternal Health and Equity that will recognize San Francisco employers with policies that support the wellbeing of their workers.

Starting on May 9, 2014, San Francisco employers can complete a self-assessment of their policies related to parental leave, lactation accommodation, and work-family balance. The pilot assessment asks employers whether their workplace has adopted certain policies identified by community leaders as integral for the health and equity of women in the workplace. Employers must submit their complete assessments by August 20, 2014. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Julia at jparish@las-elc.org.

Workplaces that meet the necessary criteria will earn a certificate and distinction of a “Healthy Mothers Workplace Award of Excellence.” All award-winners will be honored at a ceremony on September 15, 2014.

Healthy Mothers Workplace Toolkit

The Coalition has also developed a Healthy Mothers Workplace Toolkit, which provides a comprehensive check-list for mothers and employers, model policies, and resources.

Coalition Partners

Coalition member logos

Additional Resources

Human Resources and Legal Resources

California Family Leave Laws: Know Your Rights!
Coproduced by the California Work & Family Coalition and Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center, this is a guide for workers, parents, and caregivers that provides the basics of California’s family leave laws.

Taking Leave from Work: Pregnancy/Prenatal Care/Bonding with a New Child
Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center

Breastfeeding and Healthy Living: California Laws
California Department of Public Health

Pregnant Women and the Affordable Care Act
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health

Rights for Breastfeeding Mothers: Lactation Accommodation and Discrimination
Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center

Federal & California Maternity/Paternity Leave
Santa Clara County of Public Health

Breastfeeding Resources

San Francisco Breastfeeding Promotion Coalition

Breastfeeding Resources in San Francisco
UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

Increasing Breastfeeding in the Low-Wage Worksite
California WIC Association

The Business Case for Breastfeeding
U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Health Resources and Services Administration

Breastfeeding Support at the Workplace: Best Practices to Promote Health and Productivity
Washington Business Group on Health

Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General

Breastfeeding
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

Your Guide to Breastfeeding available in English, Chinese, and Spanish
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health