Too frequently, women choose abortion because they fear their careers will suffer. Others choose abortion because companies supporting pregnant women are rare. This is not a real choice. Supporting pregnant women holistically is essential to the movement that affirms life and motherhood. When companies support pregnant women, mothers can have successful careers without sacrificing valuable time with their children. Mothers have the strength to balance their careers and raise the next generation, and when companies support their pregnant employees, every mother can thrive.
We assessed each company’s support of pregnant women based on the following:
- ability to accommodate each employee with remote flexibility
- ample paid birth-related leave
- nursing/pumping rooms and breaks
- allowing children in the workspace
- assisting in childcare
- dedication to moms beyond the birth of a child
Here is our list of the top 10 companies supporting pregnant women:
- Altar’d State
- Chick Fil A
- Hobby Lobby
- Buffer Insurance
PublicSq. is a national online network that highlights businesses throughout the country sharing beliefs that are pro-life, pro-family, and pro-freedom. The company demonstrates these values with its ‘Baby Bonus.’ The ‘Baby Bonus’ is a $5,000 bonus to employees who have a baby or adopt. CEO and founder of PublicSq. Michael Seifert stated in an interview with The Daily Signal, “Strong families build a strong nation.”
EveryLife is the only premium diaper company that is unapologetically life-affirming. The high-performing, supremely soft, affordable diapers and wipes protect and celebrate every miraculous life because every life is a gift from above that deserves to be loved, supported, and cherished.
While many other major baby brands promote abortion and anti-family values, EveryLife believes that no matter where someone is from, what they look like, their socioeconomic status, or their background, every life is a miracle.
Wrangler offers working mothers eight weeks of paid leave within the first year of the birth or adoption of a child. Wrangler’s adoption assistance benefit reimburses adoptive parents for eligible adoption-related fees and expenses. Anita Graham, CHRO of VF (Parent company to Wrangler), emphasized their desire to “give new parents the time they need away from work so they can focus on their family after the birth or adoption of a child.”
Altar’d State offers employees 14 weeks (over three months) of 100% paid birth-related leave after just one year of service. “We want to lead the industry in paid time off for new parents. This is a milestone moment in people’s lives, and it is important for our associates to bond with their new child,” said Vicky O’Neill, Altar’d State’s Director of Training & Development. Altar’d States’ treatment of pregnant employees matches the values of their mission statement: “to serve as an inspiration, empower others and give more than we receive.” Altar’d State takes the extra step in being Pro-Life beyond birth by sponsoring a child on behalf of each employee and offering each employee the incredible opportunity to visit the child sponsored by them in Peru.
Chick Fil A
Chick Fil A has always been an openly Christian company, and their dedication to pro-life values extends to their treatment of pregnant employees. The company provides eight weeks of paid birth-related leave and up to 4 months of unpaid leave. In their employee handbook, Chick Fil A emphasizes that pregnant employees should be treated with the same respect as other employees. Pregnant Chick Fil A employees can also temporarily transfer positions to accommodate their pregnancy.
Hobby Lobby displays its value for both mother and child in every form with their employee benefits. The corporation will provide up to 12 weeks of paid time off for birth, adoption, or foster care. Additionally, pro-life values run in the family as President Steve Green’s daughter, Lauren McAfee, has made a lasting impact on the life-affirming community. Lauren McAfee founded Stand for Life: an initiative that connects, unifies, and mobilizes the Church to affirm and protect the dignity of all human life.
Toyota’s adoption campaign for the 2022 Olympics featuring Paralympian Jessica Long highlighted the importance of adoption and the value of every life, no matter the circumstance. Toyota offers employees six weeks of paid maternal leave and two weeks of unpaid leave. Toyota takes extra steps to support working mothers by partnering with Bright Horizons to provide backup childcare for fill-in or emergency care situations.
Dollywood is an alternative to pro-abortion theme parks like Disney, as their life-affirming values are reflected in how they support families. The theme-park employees benefit from their daycare assistance program. Dollywood will pay for a portion of the childcare for employees who enroll their children in the daycare provided on the property. The company also supports mothers by providing essential doctor’s office visits, x-rays, and lab work for a co-pay, whether insured or not. Dollywood also supports adoptive mothers, allowing employees to submit reimbursement expenses of up to $3,000 per adoption.
Scheels is an employee-owned, privately held business that sells quality clothing, sporting goods, and outdoor recreation gear. The company’s owners are openly Christian, and stores display their values in their support of pregnant women. Scheels has created a maternity support program to support its expecting team members. Additionally, Scheels has an excellent daycare spending account that fills from each paycheck before taxes. This allows team members to partially cover the costs of daycare while they are at work.
Buffer insurance joins the list of companies supporting pregnant women with its unique employee benefits. Anyone at Buffer who becomes a parent through childbirth, surrogacy, adoption, or foster care is eligible for 12 weeks of paid time off, no matter how long they have been on the team. Buffer also provides an annual family stipend of $3,000 per dependent at the time of birth or adoption. Buffer encourages employees to include their family life in work conversations and assures that babies or children are welcomed in Zoom meetings as needed.
Companies supporting pregnant women must be recognized for the impact they have on a culture that affirms life and honors mothers. When corporations provide life-affirming benefits, more employees will have real choices when facing unplanned pregnancies.