Maternity leave anxiety is raging high and I haven’t even watched The Replacement.
This time in my first pregnancy I was counting down the days, meetings, commutes, minutes until I left work. Looking back, it’s unsurprising that I didn’t return when my 12 months were up, but at the time it did surprise me. I didn’t see myself as a stay-at-home mum and though I fell hard for my new baby, I knew my professional self was still there – lurking beneath the cuddles and the nursery rhymes; critically evaluating the promotional material handed to me at every coffee morning. I loved being Marnie’s mummy, but constantly being referred to as “Marnie’s mum” was eroding my sense of self. I wanted to continue working; to have some intellectual stimulation, some adult conversation and some interactions with people who called me by my name, but not to physically go back to work. Like so many of us coming to the end of maternity leave I didn’t know how to define what I wanted, let alone how to ask for it.
In this state of disorientating dilemma, I did what many of us still do and turned to my own mum. Luckily for me, my mum is an expert coach with many years’ experience helping women through every sort of life transition. Being given the…
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