Praise for the Mindful Return E-Course – Words of New Working Mamas

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Read praise for the Mindful Return E-Course here, from recent course alums.  Their testimonials are organized by the timing of when they took the course, as follows:

  1. While on maternity leave;
  2. Shortly after returning to work;
  3. While pregnant;
  4. After having a second (or third, or fourth!) child.

Praise for the Mindful Return E-Course from women who took the course while on maternity leave:

I first met Lori Mihalich-Levin, the incredible founder of Mindful Return, nearly 20 years ago. I was immediately struck by her intelligence, warmth and kindness then, so it was no surprise to learn that she had developed an innovative, online course directed at supporting mother re-emerging into the work force. I felt an instantaneous connection with the other women participating in the 4-week course and could hardly wait to review the daily lessons, which covered a variety of topics including stress reduction, child care, and creative ways to find leadership opportunities. The time required to participate and flexible format are conducive for new moms. I highly recommend this course to any mother, whether you are currently pregnant or recently delivered, as it offers a caring, enlightened, supportive framework to launch back into your career once your bundle of joy has arrived.

Anne C. Coates

proud mother of two, wife of Timothy Connolly, and pediatric pulmonologist

I participated in Mindful Return because my law firm offered it during maternity leave with our third child, and I thought the concept was intriguing. I wasn’t sure how much of the material would be useful and relevant to me as a third time mom, but I was willing to give it a try to see if other moms at our firm would find it valuable. Lo and behold, I was completely and happily immersed in the material throughout the entire course! Lori has developed really insightful and helpful “lessons” on many topics and she presents it all in very organized bite-sized pieces. This course is truly about mindfulness and empowering women to use maternity leave and motherhood to enhance their careers. The course is very positive and engaging, and Lori’s energy is contagious – from someone who has never even heard her voice! I have been talking up this course to anyone who will listen and the materials have spawned countless conversations with friends and colleagues. Lori has done something truly special here, and I am thrilled to be part of it.

L.B.

attorney mom of three

Mindful Return provided me with the perspective I needed to address my concerns around going back to work after the birth of my daughter. Lori’s course is structured perfectly for new moms on maternity leave or recently back to work – lessons are concise, virtual discussion is encouraged, and the format is well-organized for future reference. This course left me feeling grateful for all the resources available to me and prepared to handle the logistical and mental challenges of returning to work after leave.

Liz L.

senior manager at a consulting firm and mom to Anna

This course could not have come at a better time … I finished it up one week before my return to work. I feel SO much more prepared for my return, from an emotional and logistical perspective. The course was a great venue to “meet” a group of women going through the same transition. They provided validation and support during this challenging time.

Megan F.

new mom to a sweet baby boy and a clinical psychologist

Anyone returning to work with a baby would really benefit from this course! Lori (and those who contribute, including other participants) makes you feel sane and positive about returning to work and leaving your child. I feel empowered and confident as a working mum – both as a worker and as a mum. In addition, I am now part of a community of other awesome mums!

Mum to 10 month old and hand-standing attorney

My situation before embarking on the course was perhaps different from the typical working mama: I had a 6 month old, was finishing up a PhD and about to go on the job market. I worried that most of the content discussed would be 9-5 office specific. But it was so, so much more. I learned about gratitude, carving out time for myself, handling logistics of motherhood (from any angle), and growing in community with thoughtful women throughout the country. It was so empowering! Plus, Lori really cares about each individual and takes time to thoughtfully guide and support. I am so pleased with this course and cannot recommend it highly enough.

MD

PhD candidate and mother of 6 month old

I took the course about halfway through my four months of maternity leave to help me prepare for my return to work and feel more connected to a community of new moms. I’m really glad I did, both for the tips I learned about childcare and logistics (like pumping) and the encouragement it gave me to focus on things like self care. It also gave me a hint of structure and accomplishment in an otherwise somewhat unpredictable daily schedule, even though I was able to participate at any hour of the day. I’d recommend the course for any new mom looking for an opportunity to think “out loud” about returning to work and anticipate everything that reentry will entail.

Kathy K.

new mother of a three-month-old

I took the Mindful Return online course about a month before returning to work. It was extremely helpful in transitioning me from completely avoiding thinking about my return to finding a way to thinking about it in constructive and productive ways. I spent years fully committed to my career, and then fully focused on taking care of our new baby during my four months of maternity leave, but was very uneasy about how I could meet the challenges of doing both together. The course helped me rethink what I want my goals to be when I go back to work, and how best to achieve them. I learned some great tips and got some great advice, and would highly recommend the course to others.

Proud new mother of a 3-month-old baby boy

As the founder of a recruiting agency that specializes in parental leave fill-ins, I read a lot about professional development, working parents and maternity leave best practices. And, that’s how Lori and I were introduced to each other. Even with all this knowledge, Lori’s e-course taught me some important lessons that pivoted my perspective in a positive way during this life-changing period. The combination of bite-sized courses, guest posts from a variety of experts, the community’s feedback and Lori’s personalized guidance make the e-course valuable for a variety of reasons. I especially loved the week we focused on tactics you can utilize to become a better leader as you transition into working motherhood. The ROI on this e-course is going to pay for itself many times over. I’m recommending it to all my clients as they prep for their maternity leaves.

Michelle Feiner

Mom of 1 baby girl, bonus mom of 2 sweet boys and founder of, Emissaries

This course provided a wonderful and supportive environment to explore all the aspects of a return to work. I felt particularly overwhelmed about the logistics of my return – both day-to-day and emotional – and this course gave me the space and community to work through those feelings. But perhaps the most valuable were the lessons around work itself and turning leave into leadership. In the end, I had gotten to a mental space of calm empowerment as I prepared myself and my family for my return to work.

Alexa Norstad

Project Management Coordinator + New Mom Extraordinaire

I found the Mindful Return course extremely satisfying. Each lesson made me more and more calm as I approached my return to work date. The course was perfectly timed for me – the last day of the course was the Friday before I went back to work so I felt so much closure as my maternity leave came to an end. Each lesson made me think and made me realize that I can in fact do this. To have the support and community of Lori and the others who were taking the course made me feel that much more confident and validated myself and my abilities to be a rockstar mom and employee.

Tracy

Marketer and Mother of one darling 5-month old boy

I signed up because I was struggling with the doubt, fear and anxiety of returning to work and turning the care of my baby over to someone else. This course met those fears head on and put me in touch with other moms who were struggling with the same emotions. It was so nice to know that I was not alone and it was nice to start openly talking about all the emotions and logistics of going back to work instead of trying not to think about it. The daily lessons and writing prompts promoted self-reflection, positive feelings, and a supportive community of working moms. The course also addressed how to thrive at work as a working mom and how to tackle those crazy weekday mornings and evenings. My favorite take-aways of this four-week course are: the chance to really take time for yourself, the self awareness that comes from the daily lessons, the opportunity to consciously think about, and plan for, life as a working mom, and the opportunity to take control of that choice and to find the good in the chaos of parenthood.

Jen F.

working mother of two

I took this course one month before returning to work and have to admit I was skeptical at first, but it proved to be really helpful and I wish I had taken it sooner.  Before the course, I thought I had mostly figured out the logistics and would somehow try to make it work, I had every intention of not letting my emotions get in the way of my work, and I was as mentally prepared as I could be.  This course gave me that push to believe with greater conviction that I WILL be able to make it work (more gracefully and with less stress), by shifting my mindset on how I would return to work with new skills gained from motherhood.  It also provided a cathartic outlet for the emotions I had bottled up or long forgotten about from the hazy newborn days, as well as a supportive community of other mamas facing similar challenges of juggling work and home responsibilities.

Erica Y.

new mom to 6.5 month old baby girl and attorney at AmLaw 100 firm

The Mindful Return e-course helped ease a lot of my anxiety about returning to work after a year home with my daughter. Connecting with other moms and sharing some of my fears helped alleviate a lot of stress. Most importantly, though, the exercises and lessons really helped shift my perspective on my leave to see it as a source of empowerment. I feel much more mentally and emotionally prepared for my return, which is precisely what I’d hoped to gain from the course.

K.A.R.

attorney and mom to 10-month old

The announcement for this course came at the perfect time – I was just about to head back to work after my second child, and unsure about how to set appropriate expectations for myself, my family, and my coworkers.  The time I took each day to reflect on the lesson and discussion has been paid back in the perspective I’ve gained from hearing others’ thoughts and applying their strategies to my own situation. I most appreciated hearing and thinking about ways that my motherhood makes me a STRONGER team member at work, rather than a liability. Thank you, Lori and the mindful mamas!

Theresa M.

working in academia and momma to an almost 3 year old and 3 month old

When I decided to participate in the Mindful Return e-course, I admit, I was skeptical as to its utility. I was on maternity leave and had a two-month old to care for 24-7, so my free time was a precious, limited commodity. Nevertheless, I decided to participate in the course as the prospect of returning to work as an attorney at a large law firm was causing me enough anxiety that it was beginning to affect my time with my son. I’m so glad I did. Mindful Return offered me an organized an constructive venue to process my thoughts and explore my feelings about returning to work within the context of a supportive and insightful community of working mamas. Shortly after participating in the course, I requested and was approved to work a flexible schedule upon my return to work, and, as a result, I felt calm and prepared to return to work. This was invaluable to me, as I was able to spend the remainder of my maternity leave focusing on my son and feeling positive about returning to work.

Attorney at an Am Law 100 firm, and mama to a baby boy

The Mindful Return course was super helpful as I prepared to transition back to work after my maternity leave. I was really interested in how the course would address some of the major challenges of returning to work and offer suggestions on how to manage them. The course did just that. Lori was able to offer different ways of looking at both being out of the work place in positive ways and what skills you bring with you back to the office. I loved that. It was also so helpful to have a community of other mammas dealing with the same issues and hearing their perspectives, suggestions and encouragement. I highly recommend this course.

Rachel Silk

mama to 13-week old Charlotte

I figured I was as prepared as they come for motherhood … until I actually gave birth. The wave of emotions, challenges and questions that arose in my first few months as a new mom left me seeking a community of like-minded professional women entering motherhood. Mindful Return opened up an online community of women who were used to pushing themselves hard and achieving results. I think the best thing about this course is that the unforeseen feelings and questions get discussed, because many new moms get caught off guard by the moments of isolation, questions about returning to work and feelings of exhaustion or guilt. Mindful Return helped me tackle the challenges of being a new mom and has prepared me for my return to work. This course would make a great baby shower gift.

International criminal lawyer, living in Brussels, Belgium

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Praise for the Mindful Return E-Course from women who took the course shortly after returning to work:

As a new and newly-working mom, I was flooded with advice about sleep, nutrition, and logistics. But I found surprisingly little to help me understand my complex feelings about returning to work with a baby at home. Lori’s thoughtful prompts and gentle questions gave me the space I needed to reflect on the transition I was going through, and the other moms showed me that the swirl of emotions I felt was normal. I left the course more confident and more refreshed. I highly recommend Mindful Return!

A.K.

new mom to a four month old

I found this e-course to be extremely beneficial as I transitioned back to work. It was so helpful to have a virtual support community of other new moms experiencing similar anxieties and challenges. This was my first time taking an e-course and the flexibility of the format is great for new moms. I like that I could go back to read and answer previous lessons during the course. At first I was anxious about the time commitment – I barely have time to catch my breath let alone take an e-course – but the benefits of taking this course far outweigh the time commitment. I definitely recommend this course to other new moms.

Kate

learning and development consultant and new mom

I signed up for this course just in time to return to work. Even with a job that I love, I was incredibly sad and anxious as I saw maternity leave quickly coming to a close. There are so many unknowns and so many emotions! The topics in this class and more specifically – the strong women in the course – helped me so much. It gave me a chance to methodically think through the tactical things (like pumping at the office!) as well as the big picture things (like being a better employer with my new found perspective as a mama!). I feel more prepared, and I have a new, supportive community that I’m a part of. Take this class!!

Stephanie Weeks

New Mama and VP of User Experience at Blackboard

I took this course to help connect with fellow professional mothers facing the challenges of returning to work after maternity leave. The course’s curriculum was relevant, approachable, and realistic, with an amazing team of strong women contributing to the course content. I took away valuable lessons in how to manage day care logistics, how to breathe and manage the “overwhelm,” and perhaps most importantly, the knowledge that there are many women out there going through the same emotional and career related challenges that I am facing, and that we can build a community of support through courses like this!

Carolyn D

Associate Veterinarian and first time mother to 5-month old son

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Praise for the Mindful Return E-Course from women who took the course while pregnant:

I took the Mindful Return course as I entered my third trimester with my first child. I’m a young professional who has been quickly moving up the ranks, so of course part of me was terrified at how I’d handle starting my family without losing my drive in my career. This course helped me feel empowered and helped me think through how to tackle motherhood, maternity leave, and even my post-baby career with the same energy and ambition I’ve always relied upon. For my type-A personality, feeling like there were things I could do to prepare and feel more centered, as well as learning strategies on how to cope with overwhelm and nerves, were tremendously helpful during pregnancy. I’m nearly to the finish line now, but this course put everything into a calm and exhilarating perspective that make me much less anxious about the transition to motherhood and, eventually, my transition back to work. Thank you, Mindful Return and Lori!

Jewelyn Cosgrove

mama-to-be and federal lobbyist in Washington, DC

I took the course pre-maternity leave as offered through my company’s working mother resource group, and refreshed on the course right before I returned to work. It helped me immensely to think through the sources of concern and anxiety with returning to my role…both the dread at leaving my baby; my concerns about being as effective of an employee and leader as I was pre-baby; and the uncertainty of how I would feel about my career and work life after my little miracle arrived. Lori’s course, as well as her continuously supportive coaching through posts, comments and companion blog posts, helped me address these questions upfront and I feel more relaxed, confident and self-assured as I head back to work. I would recommend the course to ANY new mama (or second time mama!)

CF

mother of five-month-old boy and DC-area communications executive

When taking this course, I was in the midst of my third trimester and anticipating returning back to work four months after my delivery. Being that I am a first time mom and also dedicated to my career, I found myself confused and unbalanced on what I wanted for myself and my career versus what I wanted for my child and my home life. Could I still pursue and build on my career? How could I do that and not neglect my family? How do I maintain a good relationship with my current employer prior to leaving and when on maternity leave? How do I balance it all while learning how to be a mother? I was overwhelmed. In this course, I learned how to recognize my emotions and see that I am amongst other first, second, or third time moms encountering the same emotions and concerns as I had. I learned what to expect, or not to expect, with having a child and how to make my life flexible for them and my employer. I learned how to view my maternity leave as an opportunity to learn new skills as a new mother and apply them to my job. Overall, I realized that being a good mother and building my career are synonymous. I gained confidence in myself while gaining a new supportive community within the course cohort. For me, as a first time mom in her third trimester planning out her maternity leave and return, the course was a great tool and helped ease some of my fears and insecurities of motherhood, as well as change my perspective on how it would affect my career.

H.W.

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Praise for the Mindful Return E-Course from women returning to work after a second child:

I found the Mindful Return concepts to be extremely helpful, even though I had already been through a maternity leave and transitioning back to work two years earlier. I love that the course provides tips and tricks for how to get through each day as a working mom, but also challenges you to think about how to utilize your leave and return to grow your career. And the community that is built along the way reminds each of us that we are all in this together.

Kelly S.

HR Manager at an engineering consulting firm and mom of 2

As an associate at a mid-size law firm and mother of two, I started to get anxious about my upcoming return to work after my second baby was born. With still a couple months of maternity leave left, I decided to take Lori’s Mindful Return course and what a great decision that was! The course was packed with insightful posts from Lori and guests, timely questions and prompts, useful suggestions and tips on how to prepare for and handle the return. Most unique of all was the forum the course provided for working mammas like myself to share with and support each other in a personal way. It was reassuring to realize that we are going through similar issues and encouraging to have the support of the other mammas in this Mindful Return community and course! I loved the focus on being proactive and positive throughout! So grateful for this course.

M.L.

8th year law firm associate and mamma of two wonderful boys, 3 years and 3 months old

I’m on my second return to work after having a baby last fall (and my second time through Mindful Return), and even with the experience under my belt, having Mindful return felt essential.  I took the course for two main reasons: (1) to have refresher on the strategies I might need to navigate this return, and (2) to connect with a community of mamas who are sharing this experience NOW.  Every day of the course, I felt inspired, supported, and energized by the virtual circle of mamas and it made my transition back to work as good as I could hope for.  Since I work remotely from home, it was especially important to have these connections.

Arielle M.

Health Policy Advisor to a start-up and Mama to 3 year old and 4 month old boys

Mindful Return’s e-course was exactly what I needed to help me feel confident and prepared for a return to work after my second maternity leave. I felt I was able to navigate my first return pretty well, but was beginning to feel overwhelmed about returning to work with two little ones and looked for an opportunity to work through some of my challenges. I was so impressed by the thoughtful lessons that covered some of the obvious concerns and some of the not-so-obvious new opportunities for working moms and by how the course was able to create a community of participants and foster meaningful conversations without requiring a significant amount of time on my part! The support I felt from my fellow classmates and Lori while taking the course was so valuable, and I will be returning to these lessons again and again as I navigate my “new” life. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to any working mother!

Julie W.

soon-to-be second-time mom and biomedical research administrator

This course was a great way to reset my expectations around returning to work after the birth of my second child. It forced me to set aside time to think about myself, my family and my career. I was able to pick up some helpful tips from both the course and fellow participants to ease the transition.

C.G.

Finance Manager and mom to two

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