8 startups helping moms get back to work after having kids
- More women perform paid labor, yet spend the same amount of time caring for children than they did 50 years ago.
- Since the US government offers little help to working mothers, some entrepreneurial parents took matters into their own hands.
- From companies that offer digital family planning help, to those that find in-home childcare, here are 8 startups helping moms re-enter the workforce.
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Getting back into the workforce after childbirth isn't easy - and that's why some moms are helping each other make the transition.
Working women make up a larger share of the workforce than years past. Mothers today spend 16 more hours a week performing paid labor than they did 50 years ago, though they spend just as much time with their children as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s, according to the Pew Research Center and The New York Times.
The amount of work childcare takes on top of a paid job leaves women with no other option but to quit working: 43% of women with children leave the workforce at some point in their careers. Despite the loss of productivity, the US lags behind developed countries in providing paid parental leave and childcare.
Some moms are taking matters into their own hands. Entrepreneurial women started companies that connect mothers and companies with flexible work hours, or ship breast milk home during work trips. Women also built apps to help moms find support systems, or send videos to their children remotely.
Business Insider rounded up eight startups helping moms re-enter the workforce, most of them founded by moms themselves. Here they are: