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Western Washington moms share experiences balancing work and family life

A KING 5 special series focuses on working moms and the everyday challenges which have led to a higher likelihood of burnout because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farah Jadran (KING5)

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Published: 5:30 AM PDT May 16, 2022
Updated: 1:12 PM PDT May 20, 2022

A recent study of hundreds of thousands of working parents revealed working moms are 28% more likely to experience burnout than working dads.

Maven Clinic, a virtual clinic for women and family health, conducted a series of two studies during the COVID-19 pandemic hearing directly from more than 440,000 working parents in one round and more than 490,000 in the second round.

Along with Great Place to Work, Maven reported the main reasons for potential burnout included moms feeling a lack of support when returning to work from maternity leave, struggles to find affordable and reliable child care and a lack of mental health resources. Working moms cited the pandemic as something that exacerbated those challenges.

KING 5 spoke to several western Washington working moms on and off camera about the challenges they are facing and what they are doing to make positive changes. Topics include the gender pay gap, child care, mental health and becoming an entrepreneur.

During this special KING 5 series, two working moms in western Washington shared their journeys in coping with anxiety and depression. Click here for more resources if you or a mom you know needs help identifying signs of depression.