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.

Each summer, employers can complete a self-assessment of their policies related to parental leave, lactation accommodation, and work-family balance. The 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. If you have questions, need assistance, or would like to receive an assessment in 2016, please contact Julia at //jparish [at]">jparish [at]

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 in 2016.

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.

Fact Sheets 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

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

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