When you look at rates of pregnancy-related death, preventable death, chronic health conditions, and mental health care needs, it’s clear that there is a women’s health crisis in the U.S. Employers can play an instrumental role in combating it. Here are three measures your organization can take.
- Provide quality health insurance. Seek comprehensive insurance plans that include coverage for pregnancy, access to safe abortion, childbirth, and postpartum care without high deductibles.
- Offer paid parental leave. Paid leave doesn’t just benefit maternal and infant health; it benefits everyone. What’s more, research shows that longer paid parental leave keeps more women in the workforce.
- Redesign the workplace to support women. Consider offering on-site, subsidized child care, spaces for pumping breaks and breastfeeding, and flexible work-hour arrangements to accommodate appointments and caregiving responsibilities.