Is Marissa Mayer’s maternity decision the right one?

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Marissa Mayer the CEO of Yahoo is apparently expecting twin daughters in December according to her announcement on Yahoo’s Tumblr.

In her announcement she revealed that she planned to work through her pregnancy as she did during her previous pregnancy when she was first hired by Yahoo in 2012.

According to the announcement she comments:

“Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout.”

Birthing right?

All of the above is not really out of the ordinary? But what has been picked up on by bloggers and the media is the fact that she plans on being back to work a fortnight after the birth. Given that many of the large corporations in the US and indeed the UK are offering more and more generous packages, this seems at odds with current policy?

The Serocor way

Heather Cracknell, Head of People Development implemented the Mums’ Network including a number of policies and procedures to ensure mums to be and new mums are supported in the best way possible both before and after the birth of their child.

Over to you…

Does Marissa’s decision fly in the face of policies and rights for new mothers? What kind of example do you think this sets? Would you be happy to work for a company whose CEO set this precedent or is the fact she had a choice to decide her own maternity leave a step in a better direction?

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