Childbirth & a Woman’s Career/Business.

With Chilbirth comes a lot of blessings and at the same time a lot of sacrifices too, with women mostly on the receiving end. Childbirth and a Woman’s Career/Business is not a topic we read about often enough.

Childbirth and Career progression.

According to Understanding Society, They found that women and men experience a large divergence in their career paths following the birth of a baby, with only 27.8 per cent of women being in full-time work or self-employed three years after childbirth, compared to 90 per cent of new fathers.

Mothers were much more likely to move to part-time employment once they had a child and those who did return to work experienced career stagnation with a lower chance of getting a promotion. 

key findings

•Mothers who leave employment completely are three times more likely to return to a lower-paid or lower-responsibility role than those who do not take a break.

•A woman’s likelihood of returning to work in the years after birth is independent of the number of children she has; what matters to her likelihood of working is her employment status the year before her child is born.

•Fewer than one-in-five of all new mothers, and 29 per cent of first-time mothers, return to full-time work in the first three years after maternity leave. This falls to 15 per cent after five years.


Childbirth and Entrepreneurship interviewed 4 women about the effect of childbirth asentrepreneurs and they shared their challenges, 1 of which said :

“The biggest challenge was working meetings and calls around the babies’ schedule and stepping out to feed them. I cut back to one meeting and one call per day while my babies were with me at work because it was too stressful to do more than that.”

More on this interview HERE

Community experiences.

After reading this, we’d love to read your personal experience on how childbirth has affected your career/business. Sharing not only helps you reflect, it also helps the younger generation plan better and also helps others learn from your perspective.

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