5 Non-Negotiable Work Benefits for New Moms

There are certain benefits new mothers should never do without.

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5. Child Care. Babies need safe places to go as their mothers toil away at their 9-to-5s. And moms who inquire about onsite child care at their workplaces or request references and referrals to quality child-care centers in their neighborhoods can help ensure their children's protection. Taking this precaution not only reduces stress, it also increases work productivity. Moms can better fasten their attention to career tasks, knowing their children are being suitably fed, changed, and engaged by dutiful staff. CNN Money highlights Bright Horizons Family Solutions as a business that offers the third-lowest monthly child-care rate ($485) to its employees. Aflac also makes the list, following close behind Bright Horizons at $490.

Decide which benefit is best for you. Hang Bower, executive director of BDO USA (an accounting and consulting company that earned a spot on WorkingMother.com's 2011 100 Best Companies list), reminds new moms that each one of them has unique needs—a reality that makes it difficult to pinpoint which benefits are more worthwhile than others. Needs vary from mom to mom, and that's OK. But it behooves new parents to assess their priorities ahead of time. "The most important thing is for a working mother (or any employee) is to clearly define what their goals are and then look for tools that will help them meet those needs," Bower says.