by Allison Downey
Originally published: July 26, 2016
Returning to work after leave might be the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your worth.
You just had a baby and your employer just accommodated your maternity leave.
As you head back to work, you feel grateful for your job, and committed to this next chapter in your professional life. But don’t let new motherhood leave you vulnerable; instead, let the responsibility of parenthood inspire you to get what you really deserve at work.
Too many women stop negotiating for what they’re worth after they have a baby because they don’t want to rock the boat. "My employer gave me paid leave, or time off," a new mom might tell herself, "so this is not the time to ask for a raise, or more flexibility to work from home."