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Improving the working lives of parents
THE HEALTHY MOTHERS WORKPLACE COALITION
New parents are healthier – and their children face a brighter future – when their workplaces have strong policies regarding pregnancy and parental leave, breastfeeding, and the balance between life and work.
The coalition, a group of nonprofits, government agencies, and employers directed by LAS-ELC, is collaborating to improve the working conditions, equity, and health of pregnant women and new parents. Collectively, we have led employers to adopt better policies covering thousands of workers, policies that also boost morale and productivity. And we are continuing to spur change. Here's a webinar from Changelabs that shows how.
We are educating employers, health providers, and policy-makers to encourage them to make changes that will improve the working lives of parents. Here's more information on why these policies are important:
- benefits of lactation accommodations in the workplace
- how pregnancy and parenting leaves help workers and employers
- work-family balance helps everyone
Healthy Mothers Workplace Award
The coalition each year recognizes San Francisco employers with policies that community leaders have found are integral to health and equity for working parents. Look right for a list of past winners.
To apply in the 2016 award cycle, please tell us about your policies by filling out this form and emailing it to sfhealthymothers [at] gmail.com by August 31. Or call Jenna Gerry at 415-864-8848. We will honor the winners on Sept. 27.
The coalition also offers a Healthy Mothers Workplace Toolkit, with model policies, a comprehensive checklist for employers and workers to review before a leave begins, sample forms, and links to information about breastfeeding.
Our coalition partners
- San Francisco Breastfeeding Promotion Coalition
- San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
- San Francisco Department of Public Health
- San Francisco WIC
- San Francisco Small Business Commission
- UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
- Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Child Care Law Center
Information about working parents' rights
California Family Leave Laws: Know Your Rights!
Rights for Breastfeeding Mothers: Lactation Accommodation and Discrimination
(The basics, for workers, parents, and caregivers, from the California Work & Family Coalition and LAS-ELC.)
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
Federal & California Maternity/Paternity Leave
Santa Clara County of Public Health
Additional breastfeeding resources
From UCSF: Breastfeeding Resources in San Francisco
From WIC leaders: Increasing Breastfeeding in the Low-Wage Worksite
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: