Four Times Netflix’s ‘Workin’ Moms’ Got Real About Motherhood
Originally debuting in Canada in 2017, Netflix has brought Workin’ Moms to an entirely new audience, and it’s a massive hit for the streaming service provider. Not only does the show focus in on a group that is often forgotten in entertainment, but it gives a raw, honest and downright hilarious view of early motherhood. Season 1 dropped on Netflix in January 2019 with 26 episodes, and there has already been a slew of real and relatable moments.
Maybe babies don’t actually need yoga
Workin’ Moms pokes fun at some of the parenting advice that is currently all the rage. In episode four of the show’s first season, Anne bravely asks her mommy group if they can all be adults and just admit that babies don’t actually need yoga. While the scene gets a good chuckle from fans, it brings up an interesting point; are new mother’s being shamed into taking part in completely unnecessary activities?
Now, we don’t know if babies actually need yoga or not, but Dani Kind’s character certainly makes you wonder. According to Live Science, baby yoga might be beneficial for a child’s development, but any movement will get the job done. Doctors warn that any movement with a baby needs to be heavily monitored.
Frankie gives an honest portrayal of postpartum depression
Frankie’s character, played by Juno Rinaldi, gives viewers a fair and open look at postpartum depression without making it too, well, depressing. From dunking her head into the pool of a house she is showing, to crafting nothing but giant balls in a pottery class, Frankie still manages to get laughs while acting out a genuine and severe issue for new mothers.
According to Women’s Health, postpartum depression occurs in one out of every nine new mothers. Doctors believe that postpartum depression occurs due to the spike in hormones during pregnancy and then rapid drop following birth.
Kate highlights how workplaces still aren’t set up for new moms
Kate heads back to her high-powered job shortly after giving birth, and her return to the workplace is bumpy at best. From being expected to pump in a glass-walled office, to staying late even when she wants to be home with her baby, Kate shows new mothers that managing a high-powered career and new motherhood is no easy task.
While workplaces are required to offer a space for lactating mothers to pump or breastfeed, according to Health Affairs, the areas are not always ideal. An employer only needs to maintain a space that can be used for pumping if there are lactating mothers in the office, and there are no real parameters regarding space requirements, other than noting that the area
Sometimes moms judge other moms
Workin’ Moms may center around the lives of several new mothers, but they are all connected by a mommy group. The actual mom’s group, which is intended to serve as support for new mothers, actually serves as a place to snark on other parents. Kate is shamed for her pornographic preferences, while she dishes out her own judgment on a new mom who insists her baby loves her homemade diaper bag.
The snarkiest moments in Workin’ Moms highlights an all too common problem; new mothers tend to judge each other, and they judge each other hard. Parenting decisions, work decisions, and work-life balance issues are all up for debate, it seems.