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Bringing Babies to Work?

The New York Times recently chimed in on the topic of bringing babies to work:

More companies are allowing women — and some men, too — to bring their babies to work. The advantages are clear: The women don’t lose money by taking maternity leave. They can breastfeed conveniently. And they can bond with the baby rather than worry that he or she will develop a closer connection with a nanny or a day-care provider.

Of course, disadvantages are clear, too. The needs and noises of babies have the potential to be highly disruptive and to stir resentment among co-workers.

The Parenting in the Workplace Institute, a nonprofit agency created in 2006, lists several law firms and centers that have created "baby-friendly" policies in their offices.

  • David N. Honick, P.A. Law Offices
  • Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C.
  • Tennesee Justice Center
  • Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.
  • Wood Crapo LLC

Further Reading:

Lisa Belkin interviews Carla Moquin, founder of Parenting in the Workplace Institute (2008)

Bringing Babies to Work at Time (2008)

Bringing Up Baby ... at Work at the NPR News Blog (2007) 

Bringing in Baby at CNNMoney.com (2006)

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