To celebrate Mother’s Day, AdForum sat down with a series of mothers to hear first hand what it is like to be a working mother in the advertising industry. We would like to thank Andrea Nirsimloo, VP at M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment for taking part in this interview series.
By Sarah Cullen
Perspectives: Mothers In Advertising
I’m from the UK where the majority of my friends have taken a year off on maternity leave, six months of it at full pay. I had 12 weeks here and my friends back home were aghast at that. And I know I’m lucky to get that – there was a woman in my Lamaze class who got a week off! So I think that companies should think about the benefits of giving parents longer off work – people will return to work more focused, less stressed and guilty and ultimately feel better about the ocmpay they work for, and likely remain there longer as loyal employees, because they have been treated well.
Also, the system for claiming disability allowance was incredibly complex and involves a lot of paperwork that you just shouldn't have to deal with right after having a baby.
The WORST thing here is that when you have a baby you have to claim DISABILITY allowance. This is crazy. Having a baby is the most powerful thing any human can do and yet it’s reduced to a ‘disability; which I found mind-blowing.