- Marissa Mayer, new CEO of Yahoo, is due with a baby boy in October.
- Mayer's plans to work through a short maternity leave provoked an online debate.
- While some attachment parenting advocates fret over her choice, Dr. William Sears says that being a mom and a CEO makes an ideal combination.
When former Google executive and new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer mentioned that she plans to stay connected to work during a short maternity leave in her new role, she sparked an online debate about working moms.
"My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I'll work throughout it," she told Fortune.
That was enough to outrage some; others simply felt it was unrealistic.
Dr. Bill Sears, attachment parenting pioneer, says it's a win-win situation.
"It's a benefit, not a liability," he said of her impending motherhood. "The typical male attitude is going to be, oh my gosh, she's going to be so focused on the baby that she can't focus on Yahoo. The very hormonal changes that happen within a mother to grow a baby actually can work to her benefit to grow a company."