Company in Cook Allows Parents to Bring Babies to Work

Disability Specialists has a new program that allows parents to bring infants to work with them. Disability Specialists has a new program that allows parents to bring infants to work with them. |  Photo: Disability Specialists

Updated: August 19, 2019 12:14 PM

Going back to work after having a baby can be stressful and emotional for moms and dads. But now, Disability Specialists, which is based in Cook, is offering a way around that.


They have a new policy called Babies-at-Work, which was developed by the Parenting in the Workplace Institute. It allows parents who are returning to the job after having a baby, to bring the infant with them. There are specific guidelines, agreed to by both the parent and the company, on the responsiblities of the parent, and under what conditions they may be asked to take the child home.

There are several reasons behind this move, according to the company. One is to support the mom and baby bonding. Another is to keep quality, dedicated members of their team. And third, is to provide another option for care, since there is a day care shortage.

Kristen, a Disability Specialist team member, recently had a baby named Claire. "I don't have to choose between being a mother and having a career," she shared.

"She lights up our office," shared a team member, about baby Claire.

CareerForce helped the company institute the program. 

Disability Specialists has been serving people applying for Social Security Disability benefits for over 30 years.

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