August 21, 2013 |
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an unprecedented plan to boost economic growth and shore up his country's shrinking labor force - help more women return to work. About two-thirds of Japanese women leave the workforce after the birth of their first child. Most do not return for years, if ever. It's a major reason the employment rate of Japanese women is one of the lowest in developed economies, particularly among those married and well-educated. Abe's government wants to change that situation for women such as Saori Tachibana.
July 12, 2013 |
The advice to the United Nations is unambiguous: Don't repeat the previous mistake of ignoring poor women's access to contraception in setting goals to reduce maternal and child deaths. “Women continue to die unnecessarily in childbirth,” wrote a 27-member panel of mostly political leaders who cited World Health Organization estimates that a woman succumbs to complications of pregnancy or childbirth every 90 seconds. The panel called for providing more well-equipped health facilities, skilled birth attendants and effective contraceptives to help women plan their families. “Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is an essential component of a healthy society,” wrote the panel that included British Prime Minister David Cameron.
July 9, 2013 |
The countdown for the royal baby is on! Kim Kardashian's baby arrived early! Jessica Simpson named her baby boy Ace! Take a cursory look at the celebrity magazines at the newsstand and it would appear we're obsessed with pregnancies and babies. The U.S. fertility rate tells another story. It says we're living vicariously through rich, famous people who can afford to have babies while the rest of us wait for the economy to recover to start families. “The U.S. fertility rate has fallen sharply since the nation went into recession in 2007, hitting the lowest rate ever reported in 2011 and staying there in 2012,” reports Allison Linn in a piece for NBC's “Today” show about how women are putting off having kids due to the unstable economy . She continues: “There were 63.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control, down from 69.3 births per 1,000 women in that age range in 2007.” They say you're never really ready to have a baby, that you have to do just do it. But in today's economic climate, where everyone seems to have an uncertain future, having a baby might seem like too much of a risk.
April 30, 2013 |
In a bid to bring Yahoo Inc. more in line with competitors such as Google and Facebook, Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has expanded the company's family leave policy. Yahoo said Tuesday that Mayer has doubled maternity leave and extended paternity leave to eight weeks. " We've been very focused on making Yahoo! the absolute best place to work," a Yahoo representative said in an emailed statement. "Over the last several months, we've introduced new benefits like free food to make Yahoos' days easier, new smartphones to encourage innovation, and updated computers to speed productivity," the statement said.
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April 11, 2013 |
Following a flurry of complaints, Los Angeles County inspectors have cited 16 "maternity hotel" owners for illegally operating boardinghouses in residential zones. The facilities, all in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, will ultimately be shut down, county officials said. No major health or safety issues were found at the hotels, where women from Asia stay to give birth to U.S. citizen babies. Some were cited for building and fire code violations, according to a report released Thursday.
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January 27, 2013 |
Los Angeles County residents are growing weary of maternity hotels in their neighborhoods, filing 60 complaints in the last month alone, according to a report by the county Planning Department. The surge, from just 15 complaints spread over the previous five years, appears related to media coverage of a Chino Hills case in early December, which may have encouraged people to come forward. The facilities are typically set up in single-family homes in quiet residential neighborhoods, particularly in the San Gabriel Valley.