Nutrition Week Special : Preconception Care Checklist – Part One

Preconception care is the care a woman receives before she gets pregnant to deliver a healthy baby. It is a set of health interventions which help in identifying factors which are a risk to a woman’s health or pregnancy. Read More » “Nutrition Week Special : Preconception Care Checklist – Part One”

Maternity Benefits amendment – Making it effective


The Maternity Bill Amendment is old news now. So are all the opinions lauding or criticising it. So let’s get down to the facts. The new 26-week mandate from the Government will put India third in the list of Countries that have the highest number of days of paid leave for Maternity. It is definitely a wonderful step towards enabling Women in their critical life stage of Maternity. At AVTAR, we have always looked at ways of enabling Women to lead intentional and sustained careers. Read More » “Maternity Benefits amendment – Making it effective”

Can ‘maternity coaching’ check attrition rate?


Divya quit her job. Again. She has done this twice in a space of 5 years. The first time was when she had her first baby and she quit within 6 months of returning to work. She took a break of a year and then registered herself on She fought her way back in and got a job as part of a prestigious second career program of a BPO. Two years at her new job and she has resigned again.  Read More » “Can ‘maternity coaching’ check attrition rate?”

The Maternity Benefit Act – A Perspective

My take on the new #‎MaternityBenefitAct : “As someone who has been witnessing the progress of Diversity & Inclusion from a nascent science to a competitive talent strategy of companies, I am delighted to note that there is a strong possibility that mandated maternity leave to be offered by companies is being raised to 26 weeks. This will surely prevent at least 20% of regretted attrition of women in the age group of 25 to 35, being faced by organizations. It also takes India right up in the rankings (way higher than the US, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, France and a host of other countries) as regards maximum paid leave for maternity. I am equally thrilled that adoption leave of 12 weeks is also available. Read More » “The Maternity Benefit Act – A Perspective”