Mindful Return Maternity Leave Course

“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.”

“This course makes a great baby shower gift!”

Take the Mindful Return E-Course to ease your transition to work after maternity leave


What is the Mindful Return E-Course?  Curriculum + Peer Mentoring Community All in One

As featured in the Washington Post: “Transitioning back to work after a new baby? Now there’s a class just for that.


Pregnant women can find courses on birth, breastfeeding, baby care, infant CPR, baby yoga, baby massage, you name it. But what about that course that helps you plan your return to work, ease your concerns and fears about the transition so you can focus on your baby, meet a community of other returning-to-work mamas, and empower you to make calm, thoughtful choices?

Mindful Return fills this much-needed gap. This 4-week online e-course will allow you to:

  • Get into the right mindset to have a calm, peaceful returning to work experience;
  • Brainstorm practical solutions to all those worrisome logistics;
  • Turn your maternity leave into a leadership opportunity at work; and
  • Enter a supportive community of new mamas from all over, who are returning to work around the same time you are.

Choose your session here:

March 2018


July 2018


May 2018


September 2018

Rate for individuals is $129/person. Yes, that’s less than a 1-hour massage, or an hour of therapy…  Better yet, ask your employer to cover the cost – many do.  (Employers, please click here if you are considering offering the Mindful Return e-course as an employee benefit.)

Note: Registration for the maternity leave course entitles you to a $25 coupon for your partner to either the Mindful Return Paternity Leave Course (for dads) or the Mindful Return Maternity Leave Course (for moms).

If you know the course would help you, but you have a financial hardship, contact Lori at lori@mindfulreturn.com to discuss financial assistance options.

  • Participation in any session entitles you to indefinite access to (1) all course materials, and (2) the private Facebook Mindful Return Alumnae group.
  • To be notified when additional sessions are announced, send an e-mail to lori@mindfulreturn.com, with the words “Next Sessions” in the subject line.

Register now!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the “Mindful Return E-course”?

A: “Mindful Return” is a four-week, online course born from the lessons I learned returning to a full-time job twice after having two beautiful, redheaded little boys. I discovered a lack of good information for new mamas on what it’s really like to go back to work, and how to help that return to go more smoothly. This course will empower you to plan a thoughtful, peaceful, and successful return to work after maternity leave and will connect you with other mamas who are returning to work at the same time you are.lori-laptop-image

Q: When should I take this course? When I’m pregnant? On maternity leave? Back at work?

A: The mamas who have taken my course say the best time to take it is when you are out on leave.

That said, anytime is a great time to dive in.  The course helps pregnant women prepare, and it helps mamas who are already back at work to survive the chaos.  When in doubt, sign up for the earliest session you think makes sense, and you may always take a later session at no additional cost. 

If you are currently pregnant, learning and getting ready now will help you plan ahead and give you a support network to make your return less daunting. If you are already on maternity leave – but perhaps trying to avoid thinking about going back – now is the time to get some reassurance that you can do this in a peaceful, radiant way. And if you’re already back, you could probably use some extra positive voices helping you get through the day. This course is for all of you. Check out the course testimonials to see how mamas at each stage describe their experience with the course.

Q:  What if I’ve already read your book, Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave?  Will I still get anything out of the course?

A:  Yes.  Both the book and the course cover similar material and focus on the same four themes: mindful mindset, logistics, leadership, and community.  There are important differences, though.  Key features of the online course that are not found in the book are: (1) writing and journaling prompts at the end of each lesson, to encourage you to dig deep into the material; and (2) the amazingly supportive community of other new working mamas whom you will meet during the course.  There is also additional reading material in the book that is not included in the course.

Q: Does it matter how long my maternity leave was?

A: No. The lessons in this course will be helpful, whether you took 6 weeks off, 6 months, or a year.

Q: This isn’t my first return to work after maternity leave. Will I still get anything out of this course?

A: Absolutely. Every return is different, and perhaps there things that could go better for you the second time around. After my first baby, my return went relatively smoothly; after my second, I had the feeling that 1 child + 1 child = 85 children…and I thought I was drowning.

It was my second return that inspired me to create this course. If this isn’t your first return, I also invite you to join the community as a voice of experience – you will have great tips to add to those in the lessons. Find out what second-time-around mamas have to say about the course here.

Q: What is the curriculum?

A: Here’s what we’ll cover during the 4 weeks (with one or two short, blog-length lessons each week day):

Week # Theme Lessons On
1 A Mindful Mindset for Return Confidence, gratitude, coping with overwhelm, managing anxiety, gaining perspective, prioritizing self-care, and starting a meditation practice (when you have no time)
2 All Those Logistics… Building good relationships with your child care provider, negotiating work flexibility, sick days, snow days, and the unexpected, nourishing your baby – pumping and not pumping, and putting food on your own table
3 Turning Leave into Leadership Turning leave into a leadership opportunity, getting credit for this work, growing your team, focusing on your new skills, setting an example, and (of course) guilt
4 Building Your Community Avoiding isolation, creating and living in community, in-person and on-line communities, family and in-laws, and a great tool called “capitalization.”

Q: How much time should I plan to spend per day on the course?

A: Once the course starts, my recommendation is that you spend about 15-30 minutes a day reviewing the course material and answering the prompts. You can easily spend more time reading your fellow mamas responses and responding to their comments, but about 20 minutes will ground you in the material. That said, this course is for you – to do at your own pace, and work as you are able. The more you put into the course, the more you get out.

Q: Is there a particular time of day I need to log in to the course? And can I participate from a mobile device?

A: Any time of day is a good time to log in, read the lessons, and see what other mamas are writing. And yes, the private and secure online platform I use for the course (Ruzuku) is accessible via mobile devices. Whether you log in during your metro commute at the beginning of the day, while your newborn is napping, or while you’re feeding your little one in a rocking chair at 3 a.m., chances are, another mama will be following along with you, posting comments at the same time!

Q: Who is the author of the course content?

A: I am the designer and moderator of the course and the author of the majority of the course content. You will have the great opportunity throughout the course to hear from some fantastic guest teachers, however, who bring decades of expertise as mothers and professionals.

The following inspiring women graciously share their writing and advice in the course:

Q: My schedule is so unpredictable – what if I fall behind with the lessons?

A: No problem at all if you fall behind. Just pick up where you left off and go at your own pace. The weekends are always good times to get caught up, too, because there are no new lessons on weekends.

Q: Will I have access to the course materials after the course is over?

A: Yes! You will have indefinite access to the course material, on the course’s private Ruzuku page. There will also be an opportunity to stay in touch with your fellow returning mamas after the course is over.

Q: How much does the course cost, and what methods of payment do you accept?

A: Joining one of the scheduled sessions of the 4-week, 20 lesson course costs $129. All major credit cards are accepted for payment through the Ruzuku course website using Stripe (like PayPal, only easier to use!).  If you know the course would help you, but you have a financial hardship, contact Lori at lori@mindfulreturn.com to discuss financial assistance options.

More questions I haven’t answered here? E-mail me at lori@mindfulreturn.com.

Register now!


Learn more from Lori about Mindful Return and the Mindful Return E-Course by listening to her radio interview with Eric Holtzclaw (click here), or by watching her interview with Dr. Leonaura Rhodes on The Busy Mom Show:

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