Working Moms Taking Less Maternity Leave, CareerBuilder's Annual Mother's Day Survey Finds

Survey shows new moms continue to struggle to balance career, family


DETROIT – According to Careerbuilder's annual mother's day survey, the struggle to balance career and family begins in the earliest stages of parenthood.

Balancing career and family

The survey found one in four working moms who have had a child in the last three years reported they did not take the full maternity leave allowed by their company.
One in ten took just two weeks or less.

The national survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive© from February 9 to March 2, 2012, included 601 working mothers and 729 working fathers with children 18 and under who are living with them.

How much time new moms are taking off

Competitive work environments and demanding positions may be causing more women to reduce their time off from work after delivery. While most working moms who've had a child in the last three years (44 percent) reported taking more than eight weeks of maternity leave, 12 percent said they took two weeks or less. Forty percent were off work for six weeks or less.

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