A round of applause for Pregnant Then Screwed Live

“Flipping heck and wow, what an event…” Yesterday (19th Jan) I attended Pregnant Then Screwed Live. Pregnant Then Screwed Live is a festival for parents who have been pushed out and pushed to the edge by employers who are incapable of seeing their brilliance. With sessions on confidence, flexible working, starting your own business, going self…

Maternity leave; a checklist

There is so much to think about when getting prepped for maternity leave, so let me help take the strain off with my maternity leave checklist:  Know your rights – especially when it comes to taking time off for antenatal care, pay and sick leave. Have a look at the Gov.uk website for more details. Also know your partner’s rights too. I was…

A Pregnancy Pause or career suicide?

When I was on maternity leave (not all that long ago) I came across a US campaign called The Pregnancy Pause. I had heard of this term before whilst speaking to one of my clients about maternity leave rights, but didn’t know it was an actual movement. In a nutshell, it’s a campaign to help new mums explain their baby induced hiatus to prospective employers. The main crux of…

Maternity leave anxiety… it’s a thing

It’s perfectly normal to be anxious about going off on maternity leave. Since I started writing and researching this blog, the below fears and worries are just some of the things I have heard in the struggle to let go for mothers to be. Do you resonate with any of these? “I am worried about…

The case for a staggered return to work

Well, tomorrow I go back to work ‘for real’, working four days a week, on full hours….No more phased return. No more shorter days. No more early finishes to miss the traffic and still make bath time. Tomorrow is me back to work proper… I recently wrote a piece for London Mums Magazine about the case for…

Q&A with PR Week

A few months ago – just before I started back at work – I did a Q&A with the team at PR Week. They wrote up a really nice piece as a result of our conversation, but we did cover some more ground, and I thought it might be nice if I shared the whole interview…

Welcome to the fifth trimester

Just one day to go… how does it feel? Well my time has come, I’m officially going back to work tomorrow. What a whirlwind this last year has been. It feels like only yesterday I was packing up my desk to go off on maternity leave and now I’m packing my new cream- nothing like…

Diary of a mum heading back to work

I recently spoke to New Mum Fun, Joanne Allen, about her imminent return to work and how she was feeling about leaving her little one. Joanne was kind enough to document her feelings journal style for us. I hope you enjoy her honest and open account of returning to work. Given I only have three…