Melody Jett Blackwell and her husband had their first infant[ five] months away, a beautiful baby daughter named Nora-Jo. Melody’s boss dedicated her a generous[ three] -month maternity leave, but before she knew it, it was time to get back to her run as a chiropractic assistant.
Thankfully, after the new mom returned to her task, her understanding supervisor allowed her to work from home the majority of the time, only asking that she come into the office once a week when they needed an extra hand.
“She allows me to bring my baby with me when I come in so that we can continue to bond and breastfeed, ” Melody told Love What Matters.
One day, as she was taking a call, writing notes, and holding her newborn, Melody’s boss decided to capture the candid moment of multitasking at its finest.
“This picture was snapped by my boss in the middle of a work day at the office, ” said Melody. “She thought it was a sweet moment and so did I. We never thought it would get so much attention! We merely thought it was a cute picture.”
But that simple, cute image rapidly gained viral traction after the superintendent captioned it with a message about running momma that needs to be spread in today’s society 😛 TAGEND
“Workin’ mamas. She makes it appear easy. It helps that Baby Nora-Jo is so sweet and content simply being with and near her mama. Would y’all mind sharing this? We need more small and big businesses to see this is doable and should be allowed more often! The newborn months are so short.( She has transitioned to running from home largely, but comes in when we need the extra hands. She’s still breastfeeding and baby requires mama! She has many times for feeding breakings while they are in the office .) #WorkinMamas post a pic of you and your little ones while you work! ”
As the picture started to get greater attention, both Melody and her boss realise how important it is to start this conversation about moms in the workforce.
“I know not every office and work environment is conducive for children and newborns, but I believe more places can be more flexible than they are currently, ” said Melody. “It helps tremendously with the cost of daycare. I guess many families find it almost stimulates more financial sense for one parent to stay home, rather than go to work only to have most or all of their checks pay for daycare. And single moms often don’t have the option to stay home at all.”
Her hope is that other companies and employers will see the photo and realize that this can be done.
“Depending on the[ workplace ], moms can bring their children to run and be productive, ” explained Melody. “I hope that more moms in the future will get the opportunity that I have — to get to spend every day with my newborn but also contribute to the family income.”
Picture of mother bringing newborn to run gains growing support online. Check out the narrative and post YOUR pics of you and your child at work below!
Maryland Farms Chiropractic
Posted by Seena Sleem NC5 on Monday, January 21, 2019