Podcast: Why Maternity Leave Matters to Health

guendelmanSylvia Guendelman, Ph.D. is a professor of Community Health and Human Development and Chair of the Maternal and Child Health Program at the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley.  Her research interests include: health and social behavior, health policy and management, and maternal & child health. Among her many projects, Sylvia chaired the America’s Reproductive Health Panel World Health Organization between 2000 and 2007, is an Editorial Board Member for Maternal and Child Health Journal, Advisory Board Member of the  Services Committee, California Chapter of the March of Dimes  and member of the UC Task Force of the California Health Services Review Program which reviews health bills for California legislators.

In this podcast episode we discuss the maternal and child health outcomes associated with maternity leave as well as her most recent research study released in March 2013 “Work-Family Balance After Childbirth: The Association Between Employer-Offered Leave Characteristics and Maternity Leave Duration” and her recent paper “Making decisions on maternity leave and associated mother/child outcomes”. Both papers are downloadable via the For Our Babies Resources page here.

Dr. Guendelman


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Length: 20 min 49 sec


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