Friday, January 15, 2016

Bringing Baby to Meetings (Guest Blogger Andrea Soll)

On a blanket on the floor, in my arms, in my co-workers arms, in the stroller, tight to my chest in the wrap…These are a few ways that baby Leo has slept during meetings I’ve taken him to over the past 2 months. You see, I am currently one of the lucky few people who are participating in the “Infants at Work” program at the Department of Health. 





The new policy was put into place while I was on maternity leave with my son, so the timing couldn’t have been better. It was hard to visualize what having my baby with me at work would look like before I came back, but all I knew was that having the opportunity to continue to bond with my baby all day even after my maternity leave was over, was too good to pass up!

Leo sleeps through some meetings, but has also been awake for plenty of meetings as well. When he is awake, those meeting participants are sometimes witness to a quick game of “bite your belly” or peek-a-boo” in-between coherent sentences about SharePoint! I know they don’t mind because I get nothing but soft eyes and approving looks during meetings when I bring my baby. My co-workers here at the DOH have been wonderful and accommodating and always willing to offer a hand (or arms for holding) when needed.

 

4 comments:

  1. Andrea, you are a brave women! I'm so glad that everyone at DOH has been accepting and supportive. I am proud to work for this organization that supports the continued bonding of families.

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  2. Andrea, thank you for being such a great role model for this new program. We are still learning how this works and you have been so open to share your experiences to help us to grow. Thank you! - Courtney Dutra

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  3. Asotin County is on the cutting edge of this policy as well. Our Health District has been nothing but supportive of me bringing my son who was born last April! I frequently hear how they feel they have benefited from having him brighten their day. I was not as fortunate when I had my first son, and returning to work was so very stressful. We were in a different state & moved to Washington when he was 7 months old so I am no longer working there. This policy in Washington is HUGE for parents trying to the best for their families and stay healthy! I'm glad to see others reaping the benefits as well.

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  4. lovely post. this more informative for us. thanks for sharing.

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