Here’s a disturbing statistic for you: the US is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t have some kind of federally mandated maternity leave in place. The problem with maternity leave has been in the headlines quite a bit lately, and some companies have taken matters into their own hands by introducing more liberal paid leave policies for these matters, like Amazon recently did, or like when Mark Zuckerburg announced he was taking two months off from Facebook to spend with his daughter Max.

However, the sad truth of the matter is that nearly one in four mothers in the US return to work after just two weeks postpartum. Sometimes due to financial constraints, company policy or a rigid work schedule, prolonged maternity leave is simply not an option. One company, however, is revolutionizing the way maternity leave works by offering an alternative solution that frankly sounds pretty brilliant.


Inkwell is a company that places experienced working mothers in full-time and part-time jobs with companies with flexible policies. According to their founder Manon DeFelice in a piece she wrote for Working Mother, even though some of these jobs might be defined as “part-time,” she believes that it’s a “misnomer” because “the foundational belief of Inkwell is that 20 hours a week from an unbelievably qualified candidate with years of experience—a candidate who also wants to have two days at home with her kids—is much more valuable than a less-experienced candidate, male or female, who’s available five days a week.”

Flexible scheduling for maternity leave (and perhaps for work life in general) would certainly ease the anxieties of a lot of working mothers and make for some happy babies too.

And that makes a lot of sense.

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