There’s no denying that having a baby is a big change to your whole life, including your work, and with both parents now able to share parental leave, it’s not just mums who might be taking a career break.
Even before you knew you were expecting a gorgeous little bundle, you will have been asking yourself a whole heap of questions, and as soon as you announce your news, everyone else starts asking them too… How much leave will you take? What will this do to your career? Do you want to return to work? What childcare option is best? How will you cope with so little sleep when you start work again? Will you have the energy for a baby when you get home after a tough day? Absolutely everyone is willing to give you well-meaning (and sometimes not so well-meaning) advice, and the media is packed full of conflicting viewpoints, which only serves to make the whole experience even more confusing.
If you’re reading this, then chances are that your work is an important part of your life, but so is your imminent arrival, and what you want is some space to think for yourself, make decisions that feel right for you and leave you feeling confident about your way forward. That’s where coaching can be invaluable, and I would work with you before, during and after your parental leave as an impartial, empathetic thinking partner who will support and challenge you to reach your own conclusions as you transition from working professional, to new parent, to working parent.
What the package includes…
The precise content of the maternity/paternity coaching package is bespoke as I will develop and adapt things according to your specific needs, but you will receive six, one-to-one coaching meetings as follows:
- Two 1.5 hour coaching sessions before you leave work, which you can use to support you in making the decision about when to finish work, handing over the various parts of your role to others, managing your feelings about taking a career break, etc.
- Two 1.5 hour coaching session during your parental leave to support you in your new role as a parent. These can be useful for exploring and becoming the kind of parent you want to be, handling any challenges and making any decisions you need to make, e.g. whether/when to return to work, should you return full-time or part-time, what childcare option would best suit you and your baby.
- Two 1.5 hour coaching sessions after you return to work to support you in your transition to becoming a working parent. These can be taken any time up to 6 months after you return to work and can be useful for managing your feelings having returned to work, settling back in to your role and balancing your time.
You also have access to me via email throughout the programme for those times when you need a little more support, as well as any materials needed to complete the coaching programme.
The starting cost for personal coaching clients is £950 based on coaching meetings being held in person within 15 miles from the centre of Cambridge, or online. I am also very happy to talk to organisations who want to offer maternity/paternity coaching as a benefit to their employees.
If you’re interested, please get in touch to arrange a free, no obligation initial discussion.