Showers bring back more moms after baby comes

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Ninety percent of new moms who work for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta come back to work after they have their babies, but that wasn’t the case five years ago.

Then, just 64% returned to work. So HR started throwing baby showers for expectant and adoptive moms and dads.

The monthly baby showers cost about $50,000 a year and have feted about 750 of its 7,300 employees, plus some spouses. Held at one of three nearby child care centers, each shower includes cake and punch, a maternity fashion show and games with prizes such as car seats, breast pumps and diapers.

Plus, each expectant parent receives a backpack stuffed with a baby blanket and information about how to transition back to work after the baby is born or adopted.

“Basically what we’re doing is telling the employees we want them to come back after maternity leave,” said Linda Matzigkeit, senior VP of HR. “We want to give them all the information they need so it isn’t a stressful time.”

Contact: Donna Nazary, director of total rewards, at (404) 758-7803.

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