The U.S. is one of only four countries in the world -- along with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Papua New Guinea -- that does not guarantee the right to paid maternity leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act requires companies with more than 50 employees to give new parents up to 12 weeks off -- but that's without pay.
I've learned that there's no "finish line" in life. Being a working mother doesn't mean I have to play some impossible balancing act. It's about discovering my rhythm and finding what works for me and my family. Once I let the pressure and expectations go, everything started to fall into place. Motherhood: it's a work in progress.