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.
Janine Rudin, a specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting
Going Back To Work | Tuesdays | 1-3pm | Birth & Baby Family Centre