The business case for healthy pregnancy

Pregnancy and childbirth account for 25% of all U.S. hospitalizations. Annually over $1 billion is spent on pregnancy complications-related hospitalizations with a large proportion of that cost due to premature birth. “Nearly half of all charges related to prematurity fall in the laps of employers and other private insurers” (National Business Group on Health. Healthy Pregnancy and Health Children: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers. The Business Case for Promoting Healthy Pregnancy. 4, 1-18).

Employers play an important role in assuring the health and well-being of families. Use the resources below to create a more healthy, productive workplace.

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Caregiver Best Practices
This document developed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides examples of best practices for employers that go beyond federal nondiscrimination requirements and that are designed to remove barriers to equal employment opportunity.

Website: Employer Best Practices for Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities


FMLA and Women’s Health
This is the Department of Labor FAQ page about women’s health where employers and employees can learn about the protections that apply to leave for maternity and paternity.

Website: U.S. Department of Labor - Women's Health


Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program

An employer may be designated by DSHS as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite if they offer a written employee policy that provides a private space, flexible scheduling for break time, and other basic support so that mothers may express and store breastmilk for their babies during the workday. Businesses that support mothers who choose to breastfeed their infants experience improved employee morale, increased employee retention, lower absenteeism, and reduced health care costs.

Website: Texas Mother Friendly


The Business Case for Promoting Healthy Pregnancy
Employers have many incentives but also many challenges to development of a healthy workforce. The National Business Group on Health works to improve the ability of employers to meet these challenges.

Website: National Business Group on Health

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