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Lauren Smith Brody: “The Fifth Trimester” | Talks at Google


Lauren Smith Brody discusses her new book, “The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby.”

Parental leave policies and childcare struggles are increasingly part of the national conversation, making The Fifth Trimester more relevant than ever. The first three trimesters (and the fourth — those blurry newborn days) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. The Fifth Trimester is a practical, funny, tells-it-like-it-is guide for new moms coping with the demands of the real world after having a baby.

Lauren’s work has been featured on Good Morning America,, Forbes, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Glamour, Refinery29, and dozens more outlets for business leaders and mothers. Prior to writing The Fifth Trimester, Lauren had a 16-year career in magazine publishing, most recently as the longtime executive editor of Glamour magazine. The mother of two young sons, she is committed to helping businesses and new parents work together to create a more family-friendly workplace culture.

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Moderated by Karen Aviram Beatty.


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  1. How did you get to be on google talks…Your mom stayed home & raised you…A success…no brainer…kid 1st…some career when kids in school… or rich "partner"…I say Dad, the old school type, not a Ellen/Allen.

  2. Would it help if a employee that won't/can't have babies also had access to somekind of program that allow for similar benefit as mothers? I mean, flexible hours and locations, phase back plan.
    Maybe some of the stigma/maternity penlaty comes from people that can't compute why somebody that get 12-24 months off their careers was supposed to be on the same level (career/pay) after this period as someone who focused exclusively on the work for the same time.
    It seems that trying to solve the problem only at the mothers side won't bring a solution.

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