A worrying new study has revealed that working pregnant women are afraid to break the news to their bosses that they're expecting.
More often than not, discovering that you're pregnant is a joyous occasion. That doesn't mean when you do first discover the news you won't experience a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement, fear, anticipation, glee, and who knows what else all one after the other, even if it isn't going to be your first baby.
As the weeks and then months roll on by, the over thinking can begin. Are we going to be good parents? Can we afford another child? Then there's work. For the dad, it isn't so bad. While a father can take paternity leave, it's unlikely to be as long a break as a woman will need to take. Giving up work for such a lengthy amount of time can be a daunting prospect.
Bright Horizons' most recent Modern Family Index has actually unearthed quite a worrying revelation. A whopping 21% of women are scared to break the news to their boss that they are pregnant. In the five years that the report has been put together, that number has almost doubled. Only 12% of women were scared to talk to their superiors about being pregnant when the first report was filed five years ago.
The report delves even deeper into the number and some of the other stats are even more worrying. Moms reported that the Index found 40% of men and women in the US believe working moms are less devoted to their work. Even worse, 38% of those included in the report judge working moms for needing more flexible schedules. On the flip side, 72% of those surveyed don't think working fathers are penalized in any way at all.
Sadly, the numbers above suggest that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite laws being in place to protect pregnant women and working mothers, the problem isn't only staying put but it appears to be getting worse. More than a fifth of women being frightened about revealing the news of their pregnancy to their bosses is simply unacceptable.