In todays pod Dara is joined by Lauren Smith Brody, author the book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mothers Guide to Style, Sanity and Big Success after Baby.  They discuss the economic case for supporting new parents through a babies 4th – 6th month of life- an extremely vulnerable time in a new parents career. They discuss the data (30% of working moms leave the workforce in the first year), the emotions (“guilt” is a 4 letter word) and some solutions (return to work scheduling for new parents is smart and economically sound).

This pod is full of great tidbits but to be really well informed, you should read Lauren’s book as well. Good thing its available on the FemInEM Bookstore!