Fermilab announces arrival of new maternity closet
|Fermilab's new maternity closet is now open on the 15th floor.
There is little more frustrating than spending a lot of money on an article of clothing, such as an evening gown, and then never wearing it again. Maternity clothes fall into that category, and now Fermilab has a program to help ease that frustration, not to mention save some cash for mothers-to-be.
The Mothers at Work program is pleased to announce the creation of a "maternity closet" for employees, users and spouses. The maternity closet contains gently used clothing for expectant mothers to use and allows those women to donate clothes when the clothes are no longer needed.
"The addition of the maternity closet allows women to not worry about paying a lot of money for something they wear a brief amount of time," said Amber Johnson, an engineering physicist in Fermilab's Accelerator Division.
In addition, the Fermilab Mothers at Work program offers a Mothers' Room for women who want to continue nursing. The Employee Assistance Program also offers a new baby kit and child care provider research.
Heather Sidman, a Fermilab workforce relations specialist, is in charge of the Mothers at Work group. She created the maternity closet after researching benefits at other top companies. Sidman believes these programs help to make Fermilab a family-friendly workplace.
"Science careers can be very time-consuming, with lots of long hours for many years. Women often struggle to decide whether to postpone motherhood or risk derailing their careers. The Mothers at Work group makes the decision much easier," said Maggie Stauffer, a technician in the Accelerator Division.
The maternity closet is located on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall and is now open. Those interested in using or donating clothes should make an appointment with Heather Sidman at x3326 or Jeannelle Smith at x4367. All clothing should be gently used and in fashion.
-- Tonisha Taylor