This March, Ovia Health traveled to SXSW in Austin, TX to lead a conversation about the current state of maternity policies and what companies can do to help their employees succeed, while also improving culture and profits. The panel comprised Gina Nebesar, Ovia Health's Chief of Product; Dr. Adam Wolfberg, Ovia Health's Chief Medical Officer; Haley Swenson, a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and the editorial director for Better Life Lab at New America; and Dr. Danna Greenberg, the Walter H. Carpenter Professor of Organizational Behavior at Babson College.
The reason maternity policies are such an important point of conversation is that currently, thirty-four percent of women don’t return to their job once they have a baby. Even though women make up almost half of the workforce in the U.S. and it’s been proven that companies do better when there are more women in leadership ranks (and that wages increase for all employees, regardless of gender), women still don’t have the support they need from their employers.
There isn’t one solution that will allow us to create better maternity policies that support new parents the way they need to — and deserve to — be supported. The issue spans federal and state policies, the current structure and policies of workplaces large and small, and the way the medical and obstetrics world is set up to care for postpartum women. That’s why we were so proud to host this conversation at SXSW, surrounded by leading companies, organizations, thought leaders, government officials, and politicians.
We'll be diving into each of these issues in depth in the coming weeks, highlighting the disucssion from the panel, including the thoughtful questions that were asked by the audience. Our goal is to open up a conversation between all of us -- through continued discussions and advocacy, we will be able to transform the way women and families are supported on their parenthood journeys — both at home and at work.
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