Picture of mother bringing baby to work gains growing support online

Melody Blackwell
Posted at 8:36 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 10:01:26-05

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Many women can relate to a photo that is gaining plenty of attention online of what it means to be a working mother in the modern age.

Tennessee mother Melody Blackwell had her baby, named Nora-Jo, five months ago.

After a three-month maternity leave, her boss and the owner of Maryland Farms Chiropractic in Brentwood, Tenn., Dr. Elizabeth Baker, has allowed her to bring her newborn to work with her every Monday.

For the rest of the week, Melody works from home.

A picture of her at working while holding Nora-Jo has gone viral on Facebook. The photo has been shared more than 500 times.

Melody says she thinks its because it speaks to the reality of being a working mom.

"I think a lot of people are in that same boat," said Melody Blackwell, chiropractic assistant. "They're trying to make it work and there are a lot more working moms now."

Blackwell encourages other businesses to allow more moms to bring their children to work.

"It makes a huge difference financially because daycare is really expensive," said Blackwell. "It's nice to be able to take out that cost and take home more of my check."

Baker explained it also allows mom and baby a chance to bond.