This video shows the reality of maternity leave: the constant demand of a mother’s attention—when she is not only answering to her newborn but to the physical and emotional changes her body is going through, and to the endless responsibilities of everyday life.

Maternity leave is demanding. Maternity leave is WORK. Maternity leave is magical and the single most important job she will ever have.

These mamas may be on leave but they are never off the clock. Support for mamas everywhere needs to be better.

More than 17,000 mothers responded to our fifth annual State of Motherhood survey. 55% of mothers reported that their employers can better support them with longer, paid maternity leave.

Read more of our State of Motherhood 2022 survey results here: