Employers discover the benefit of offering parenting classes to employees
The value of new parent education is proven—and many employers are making sure their employees receive it by making it part of their benefits program.
The cost of untreated postpartum depression
One of the most important skills a new parent gains from childbirth education is the ability to recognize and seek care for postpartum depression (PPD), should it occur. Without this, the results can be costly. Studies show that untreated PPD costs women 90% more in healthcare costs, including more visits to the ER—with an average cost of $32,000 in the first five years.
For employers, childbirth education affects the bottom line
Untreated PPD impacts employers as well, through lost productivity and even lost employees. Just one employee with untreated PPD can cost an employer $6,223 on average in lost productivity. And, when new moms choose not to return to work because of PPD and related anxiety, the average cost to replace them is 150% of their wage. That translates into $75,000 for an employee making $50,000 per year.
Where new parents find childbirth training has begun to shift
Hospitals and providers realize the importance of parenting education but with limited resources they are unable to provide it. Budget cuts are causing hospitals to prioritize the services they do best – caring for patients, and outsource education programs. Childbirth education is proven to aid in more favorable birth outcomes and providers would agree expectant parents need this service. Childbirth preparation and education are highly recommended by the OB-GYN community and have shown to result in less complicated, less expensive births.
Amma helps you deliver
Through new-parent education and support, Amma Parenting has been helping employers retain and attract working moms since 2007. To see how easy it is to add Amma Parenting to your benefits package, schedule an informational chat.
AVERAGE COST OF LOST PRODUCTIVITY
$6200 is the average cost to employers in lost productivity per employee with untreated postpartum depression.
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