Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has announced she is pregnant with twin daughters, due in December. She plans to work throughout her pregnancy, as she did when first hired from Google in 2012, six months’ pregnant. “Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout,” she posted to a company Tumblr. The announcement comes as several large tech companies have launched increasingly generous paid parental leave programs. Microsoft said it would significantly increase paid leave, while Netflix will offer unlimited maternity or paternity leave in the first year after a child is born or adopted. New moms at Adobe will now be offered 26 weeks of paid maternity leave, an increase of 14 weeks over the most recent policy. Mayer drew criticism after her son was born for taking just two weeks’ maternity leave and the impact her example might have on working mothers. Within a year, she oversaw an increase of Yahoo’s parental leave to 16 weeks of paid leave for mothers and eight weeks for fathers.
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