work after maternity leave

So you had a baby, you may have spent a few long weeks on a steep learning curve getting to grips with feeding, having no sleep, adjusting to being a family and worrying about everything before you found your feet and started enjoying life with your baby and now it’s time for more change – going back to work.

For some new mums, work can loom over maternity leave – will she nap? will she eat? will she take a bottle? will you survive on little sleep? will she settle in nursery? can I go back to work part-time? what if she is ill? will you be able to engage your brain? will you remember what to do at work?

It’s a time of juggling – work, home, baby, your partner, you – keeping on top of things and of getting organised. It can also be a time of changing priorities – sometimes work doesn’t matter as much – and a time of guilt.

It can also be a time of conflicted emotions – enjoying work but missing your baby. 

Going back to work is the next stage, it comes with a new set of challenges and new adjustments for your family. It is a time of change, it can be emotional, it can be exhausting, it can be a time of thinking through your options, it can be a challenge but it can also be brilliant with more positives than negatives.

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Janine Rudin, a specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

Going Back To Work | Tuesdays | 1-3pm | Birth & Baby Family Centre

 

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I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.

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