Maternity rights from employer

What are the maternity rights you are entitled to?

Maternity rights from employer

Because pregnancy can significantly affect a woman’s career and can lead her to face undue prejudices at her place of employment during and after pregnancy, the Indian Legislature has made it compulsory for places of employment to extend certain maternity rights and benefits to all its female employees. Read on to know more about these rights.

Maternity rights come under the purview of the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961. Its clauses are applicable to any establishment that employs 10 or more people. Factories that employ at least 10 people also are law-bound to offer benefits under the Employees State Insurance Act, 1948. And all such companies have to inform their female employees of the rights and benefits in writing or through the mail.

So, let us look at the rights you can claim under your maternity benefits.

What can you claim maternity leave?

In the three months leading up to childbirth, a female employee has to be given salary/wages at the same rate as her average daily income. But, this will apply only if she has worked at her current place of employment for a minimum of 80 days in the last 12 months.

Initially, women could only avail of 12 weeks of leave and she could claim only 6 of those weeks before she delivered her child. In 2017, the government amended the law to prolong the 12 weeks to 26 weeks. And she can use up to 8 weeks of the leave before delivery. More importantly, the new amendment has made the leave flexibly. You can space it out according to your need. Or claim the whole leave all at once. You may even claim a smaller benefit period.

The exact same maternity rights and benefits apply to adoptive or commissioning mothers. However, if a woman already has 2 surviving children, she only gets 12 weeks of leave and benefits. 

If an employee decides to undergo a tubectomy, a surgery that will ensure she never conceives again, she will get 2 weeks’ worth of leave after the operation. A miscarriage or a legal termination of pregnancy also warrants six weeks of leave. If she falls ill after delivering a child, or after miscarriage or medical abortion, she can extend her leave by another month. She will be receiving wages during this period.

A few other significant benefits

The cherry on top is that a woman can apply for the work-from-home option if the company’s nature of work permits it, once her maternity leave has ended.

Yet another clause in the amended maternity rights law makes joining the work-force post-pregnancy simpler for women. All companies with employees numbering 50 or above are mandated to establish children’s crèches. So if a woman has no one she can leave her child with or does not have the means to hire an aid, she can bring her child with her to work and place her/him in the crèche. The law allows her to visit her child four times during work hours and she also gets two breaks to nurse her baby. 

Rights of the female employee

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act has been given more teeth with the provision that no employer can fire a female employee just because she claims a maternity leave or serves her a termination notice when she is on maternity leave. Moreover, the employer can’t tweak with the employment contract and the terms of service that might go against the woman’s interests when she is on maternity leave.

And if a woman is discharged during pregnancy, the company will have to accord her the maternity rights and bonus as underscored by the law unless she has been dismissed on grounds of gross misconduct.

Conclusion

Maternity rights empower a woman who wants to opt for both motherhood and a career.

Maternity rights are a crucial set of benefits that have been meticulously curated for the very purpose of protecting the employment and civil rights of working women who are expecting. Make sure that you know these rights that you are entitled to by your employer. To know more about the Maternity Trends and Preferences in India, read our Infographic!

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Babycare for New Dads

Babycare for New Dads

Babycare for New Dads

Congratulations! You’re a proud papa now!

Staying actively involved during your baby’s formative years has positive effects for your baby.  Research suggests that newborns and infants with involved fathers are more likely to be sociable and emotionally secure.

Here are some basics of baby care for new Dads:

1. Hold your baby

In the first few weeks, physical contact with your baby is essential as it boosts development. It will also help foster an emotional connection between you and your baby. If you haven’t grown up around children, chances are you are yet to master the art of holding a baby. There are many ways to hold a baby. Your baby should be held in a way that provides support to his/her neck, back and bottom. To start off, learn the cradle-hold:

  • The crook of your arm should support the baby’s head and neck.
  • Your hand should support the baby’s buttock

 

2. Learn to change a diaper

It goes without saying that learning to change a diaper is Parenthood 101. Getting your hands dirty (sometimes literally) can help boost your confidence in the new Dad department. This everyday activity also helps you build a one-on-one relationship with your little one.

Get started on changing a diaper:

  1. Lay your baby on his/her back 
  2. Unfasten the old diaper tabs. Slide the diaper off the baby.
  3. Wipe the baby clean from front to back to prevent an infection. 
  4. Place a new diaper under your baby.  The side with the tabs should be on the bottom.
  5. Bring up the front of the diaper and attach the tabs. 

 

3. Calm your baby

It’s not all giggles and games when it comes to babycare. Oftentimes your baby will cry into the night. The first thing to do in such situations is to find the reason behind the tears. It could be that your baby is hungry or is in physical discomfort. In this case, feeding the baby or putting him/her in a comfortable position should do the trick.

If the reason is something else, here are some ways to soothe a baby’s cry:

  • Swaddle your baby: Wrap up your baby in a blanket like a burrito! This gives the little one a womb-like atmosphere, helping calm the nerves. 
  • Rock your baby: Rocking your baby back and forth with your arms or a rocking chair can have a soothing effect for the baby.
  • Sing to your baby: Your voice might be the stress reliever that your baby needs. Sing a lullaby or any song to stop your baby from crying.

Have more doubts regarding babycare? Mom & Miracle by MediBuddy can smoothen your journey.  Get expert on-call guidance on childcare anytime, anywhere. 

Source: Parentcircle

 

The Important Role of Fathers

The Important Role of Fathers

The Important Role of Fathers

Whether they are the slogging breadwinners or the stay-at-home superstars, the avatar of a Father is ever-changing. One thing stays the same – the impact a Father, more affectionately a ‘Dad’ has. Think back to your own father. Was he a confidante or was he a taskmaster? You might realize that he had a lot to do with who you became – or didn’t become. As a soon-to-be Dad, have you thought of the amazing impact you can make on your baby’s life? Your baby will be the apple of your eye, and you, for times to come, will be their hero.

Here are 3 ways in which a father can impact their child:

 

Fathers can impact the child’s sense of self

Self-worth is an important factor in a person’s life. A study suggests that self-worth of Indian kids is more impacted by a father’s role. Children whose fathers are detached or controlling are likely to have lower self-esteem.

Fathers can influence the child’s vocabulary

When it comes to verbal fluency, it’s Dads who win the game. During infancy, mothers tend to use words that the child is familiar with while fathers use unfamiliar words, thus helping the child broaden their vocabulary.

Fathers help the child be social

Got a yapper on your hands? Then Dad is the reason for it. Properly involved fathers boost the development of good social interactions and social competence.

Want tips on how to be involved in your child’s life? The Mom and Miracle Program by MediBuddy can help you out. Be sure to give a call and get expert advice on how to embrace your role as a father to the fullest.

Sources:

  1. India Today
  2. ArtOfManliness
5 Ways That New Dads Can Manage Stress

5 Ways That New Dads Can Manage Stress

5 Ways That New Dads Can Manage Stress

Did you know that fathers can also experience postpartum blues? They may often feel hopeless, tired and depressed. Postpartum blues in new Dads require the same level of attention as it does in mothers.

Here’s how you can battle it:

1. Understand the source of stress

It is easy to get overwhelmed when a baby joins the family. Are you financially covered? Can you take leaves to support your child at home? Is your baby healthy? These are just a few of the myriad doubts you will have. Identify your pain points to get to the bottom of your stress.

2. Get enough sleep

Did you know that new parents face up to 6 years of sleep deprivation? Lack of sleep can lead to serious health issues. Eliminate unnecessary stress by making sure to hit the sack on time. Pro-tip: you can take naps while the baby naps!

3. Talk to your partner

Your spouse should be your source of support and vice versa. She might be the only person who can truly comprehend what you are going through. That’s why it’s important to talk to your spouse about the changes you’re experiencing and how you can support each other as your baby grows.

4. Take turns caring for the baby

When a baby wails continuously, even a simple task like changing diapers can seem too much! Managing the load of parenthood includes both – sharing your responsibilities as well as partaking in the joy of this gift! You can help with simple tasks like doing the baby’s laundry, or you can burp the baby and put him or her to sleep after breast-feeding sessions.

5. Seek help

Anxiety and stress are normal when such a huge responsibility is put on your shoulders. Speak up if you feel things are going out of hand. For instance, expert guidance from the Mom & Miracle Program by MediBuddy can assuredly help you get through your teething troubles.