Night Shift Moms


Millions of working moms work night shifts to reap its possible parenting benefits. Cristen and Caroline look into the intersections of motherhood and shift work, as well as health risks associated with working while the kids are sleeping.

Podcast sources:

"A time to work: recent trends in shift work and flexible schedules." http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2007/12/art1full.pdf

"Mothers on the Night Shift." http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/18/mothers-on-the-night-shift/?_r=0

"'Night shift link' to ovarian cancer." http://www.bbc.com/news/health-21790347

"Night-Shift Moms." http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/night-shift-moms/

"The Ever-Changing Nocturnal Work Force." http://www.pbs.org/livelyhood/nightshift/changing.html

"The Night Shift." http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201404/the-night-shift

"The risks of night work." http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/01/night-work.aspx

"Up All Night." http://www.workingmother.com/workplace/all-night

"Weaving Work and Motherhood." http://books.google.com/books?id=y_wCUxkyQYsC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Working the Night Shift May Boost Breast Cancer Risk." http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/29/working-the-night-shift-may-boost-breast-cancer-risk/

Academic insights:

"Constructing motherhood on the night shift: 'Working mothers' as 'stay-at-home moms'." Garey, Anita Ilta. Qualitative Sociology. 1995. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02404489#page-1

Topics in this Podcast: motherhood, women in the workplace, working moms, best of 2014 workplace, childcare