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…

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…

How to make the most of your KIT days

I’ve been pretty busy recently, partly because we went away on our first family holiday (I’ll be writing about that soon) and also because I have been doing some KIT days with work. In my opinion KIT days are an essential part of returning to work, not least to ensure you have the confidence to hit…

Guest Blog – Introducing Rachel

Rachel works for a digital educational publisher in Oxford and lives in Witney with her husband and two-year old daughter. She is the newsletter editor for Witney and District NCT branch. Rachel re-affirms my belief that there can be life after baby and doing something for ‘you’, something you really love, can help ensure you…

Maternity Mojo: Boosting your career during maternity leave

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her first baby, Prince George, she returned to her royal duties when he was just 1 month old. However, after the birth of Princess Charlotte, Kate opted for more time off and didn’t go back to work for 4 months. This is still a lot shorter than…

10 tips to negotiate a flexible return to work

I’ve just written to my boss to discuss my return to work and negotiate some flexible working. Whilst I nervously await the results and their feedback, I thought I should share with you some tips on how best to negotiate a return to work if you are looking for some degree of flexibility. Massive caveat…

Yum yum Gummee mummy

I don’t often endorse products on my blog, not unless I think they are really bloody good, but I recently got sent these Gummee teething products and I thought I should post a few words on them. Because they really are bloody good! Amelia has been showing signs of teething for at least a month…