You can play an important role in ensuring your patients receive the accommodations they need at work to stay healthy during pregnancy, while recovering and while breastfeeding.
Most women can continue working throughout pregnancy, but many require adjustments to how or when their job is performed to be able to continue working safely. One-quarter million women are denied their pregnancy work accommodation requests each year, threatening the health of those women and their pregnancies. Likewise, lactating women often require accommodations when they return to work so they are able to continue breastfeeding. But sixty percent of women do not have access to the private space and break time necessary to pump breast milk during the workday. Women returning to work may also need adjustments to their jobs to address postpartum complications.