Expectant Parents' Career and Family Plans


For (expectant) mothers and fathers, the decision whether to take a parental leave, when to return to work and whether to reduce their weekly working hours after return to paid work represents a key challenge during the transition to parenthood. We aim at predicting these plans and at predicting why actual postnatal behavior might deviate from prenatal planning. For this purpose, we have collected longitudinal data from dual-earner couples. We gratefully acknowledge the support that we have received for our research on couples’ work and family decisions after childbirth by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Bettina S. Wiese and Anna Stertz; in cooperation with Thorana Grether, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology