OLYMPIA, Washington — Marissa VanHoozer doesn’t have to worry about someone else caring for her baby when she goes to work. She gets to do it herself.
She’s part of a pilot program by the Washington Department of Health.
According to TV station KOIN, the program allows moms and dads to continue working while bonding with their babies between the ages of six weeks and six months old.
“He is just a happy, happy baby and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we get to spend so much time with him,” VanHoozer said. “Obviously for him just being around with him all day long was great instead of being with baby sitter as a mom. I didn’t come to work feeling I left part of my life at home or with somebody else.”
The police does come with some guidelines including:
- mother must be a permanent employee
- the infant is now allowed at work if the job is too dangerous for the child to be around
- the parent must talk to coworkers about it
- the parent must have a willing “back up” caregiver at work in case of emergencies
VanHoozer believes her son has been more a positive addition to the office than a distraction.
“The benefits extended to them as well. It was really funny to see different personalities come out,” VanHoozer said. “The people I thought would have the biggest problems with it ended up being the biggest softies.”