You Don’t Have to Choose Between Being a Good Mother and Building Your Career

The Mindful Return Maternity Leave Course sets you up for success and gives you the tools to confidently navigate going back to work after baby.  (Yes, even during COVID-19.)

What goes through your mind as you sit in your newborn’s nursery at 2 a.m.?


How hard will it be to be apart from my new baby (possibly while everyone is home, during COVID) when I go to work for the first time?


Will I be able to fall back into my same rhythm at work after being out on maternity leave?


What if I’m working from home with my child, and my coworkers hear or see my baby? What will people think of me?


Will my baby feel abandoned, and will we lose out on this bonding time together after I go back to work?


Am I really cut out to do this whole working mom thing?

These thoughts are completely normal.


After all, you just went through the single biggest life-changing experience. You created life.  And now, you’re tasked with figuring out how to balance your old patterns with caring for a new bundle of joy.

This is a beautiful time, but if you’re like most moms, you have some (or a lot of) anxiety over what the future holds.

Know that you are not alone, mama. The secret to silencing these fears and gearing up to return to the office lies in how you prepare for your new role as a working mom. We’re here to help.

Introducing: Mindful Return

Mindful Return is a program designed specifically for career-minded parents who have gone through the transformative experience of having a child. Sound like you?



This program will leave you feeling more calm, empowered, and connected than ever before. Through it, you’ll feel encouraged and inspired to start this new journey. You’ll learn how to negotiate for flexibility, plan complex logistics, and find real balance between both demanding roles. Throughout it all, you’ll be surrounded by a community of other working moms ready to offer insight and answer questions.



It’s a powerful experience you can’t get anywhere else.

It Starts Here!

Sign up for the Mindful Return weekly email list and get our free guide, 99 Questsions to Ask Yourself Before, During, and After Maternity Leave.

“I gained confidence in myself while gaining a new supportive community within the course cohort.”

So Much More Than an Online Class



Mindful Return is more than just an e-course. Yes, we help you iron out the inevitable wrinkles that go along with returning from parental leave, but there’s so much more here.

Created By a Working Mom


Mindful Return is the brainchild of a working mom who gets it. Lori Mihalich-Levin is a lawyer with two young children of her own. She has experienced first hand the challenges that come with returning to work after maternity leave. It’s through her experience that she created this course for other working moms.

A Community of Support

In addition to receiving expert guidance from Lori and her team, you’ll also get inspired by the community of other moms who have walked or are walking in your shoes. Ask private questions. Get real answers. Having other working moms to lean on for support will leave you feeling like it’s possible to lead, grow, and thrive in your new role!

I think this course has been made all the more valuable in this COVID-19 crisis. It’s forcing us to reexamine what, at the end of the day and at the end of the madness, is truly important. What truly matters. Thanks for helping me ground myself in this time of craziness.”                                                       — March 2020 Mindful Return participant

Overall, I realized that being a good mother and building my career are synonymous.”

What You Get


Mindful Return is a 4-week online class that you can take in your yoga pants and while nursing your newborn. It’s designed for your lifestyle during maternity leave, which means we keep things casual, comfortable and convenient while helping you build your confidence and maintain a calm mindset.



After the 4-weeks, you’ll be able to:


Get into the right state-of-mind to have a calm, peaceful experience when returning to work;


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.

In addition, here are the classes you’ll get access to:

1. How to Return to Work With Confidence

2. Working with a Mindset of Gratitude

3. Adopting a New Perspective

4. Coping with Overwhelm & Anxiety

5. Baby Steps Toward Self-Care

6. Building Good Relationships with Your Child Care Provider

7. Understanding Work Flexibility

8. Sick Days, Snow Days, and the Land of the Unexpected

9. Nourishing Your Baby – Pumping and Not Pumping

10. Putting Food on the Table

11. Using Your Leave as a Leadership Tool

12. Grow Your Team

13. Focus on Your New Skills

14. Set an Example

15. Avoiding Isolation

16. Creating and Living in Community

17. Build Your Community: In-Person and Online Options

18. Your Village: Partners and Parents and In-Laws

19. Sharing Good News

20.  Keeping the course alive

Choose Your Session

This course gave me the power to come back to work ready to go. I didn’t cry walking into work this time. I didn’t have to make phone calls to people while in my office to tell me that I could do this. This course helped me get ready to come back to work – ready for the challenges and excited about what I had to offer.

Details, Details

At $199/person, Mindful Return costs about the same as a 90-minute massage or an hour of therapy, and the results last much, much longer. Participation includes:


Indefinite access to (1) all the course materials, and (2) a private Facebook Mindful Return Alumnae group.


A $25 coupon for your partner to sign up for any of our Mindful Return courses, including this one for working moms and our course designed specifically for working dads. Or, use it for a friend and buy a second Mindful Return course at a discount to give as a baby shower gift.

Many employers cover the cost of this course! Ask yours if this is part of your employee benefit package (or if not, ask if it can be added).

Know you’d benefit from this course but have financial hardship? Contact Lori at to discuss assistance options.

“I learned how to view my maternity leave as an opportunity to learn new skills as a mother and apply them to my job.”

Lori Wrote the Book on Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

And this book is available for you to read while waiting for the baby to arrive or during a marathon nursing session.

Dig into the pages to learn more about the intricacies of life as a working parent, so you can feel better prepared and more confident in your new role.


When should I take this course? When I’m pregnant or in the process of adopting? On parental leave? Back at work?

The mamas who have taken this course say the best time to take it is when you are out on leaveThat said, anytime is a great time to dive in. The course helps pregnant women and women who are in the thick of the adoption process to 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 or getting ready to adopt a baby, 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 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.

What if I’ve already read Lori’s 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?

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.

Does it matter how long my maternity leave was?

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

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

Absolutely. Every return is different, and perhaps there things that could go better for you the second time around. Case in point: After Lori had her first baby, her return went relatively smoothly; after her second, she had the feeling that 1 child + 1 child = 85 children…and that’s when she thought she was drowning.

It was her second return that inspired her to create this course. If this isn’t your first return, you’re invited 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.

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

Once the course starts, it’s recommended 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.

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

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 used 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!

Will I hear from anyone else during the course?

Lori, the creator, designer and moderator of the course, is the author of the majority of the course content.  She and her colleague, Jewelyn Cosgrove (a course alum) moderate each course session.  You will also have the great opportunity throughout the course to hear from some fantastic guest teachers who bring decades of expertise as mothers and professionals.

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

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

This course is designed with the chaos of a working mom’s life in mind. It’s easy to 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.

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

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.

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

Joining one of the scheduled sessions of the 4-week, 20 lesson course costs $199. 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 to discuss financial assistance options.

 Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? E-mail Lori directly at

Stay In Touch

Even if you’re not ready to sign up for Mindful Return yet, we want to keep in touch with you. Sign up to learn more about what it takes to be successful as a working mom, with regular tips, guidance, and support from Lori Mihalich-Levin.

Our Gift To You

At Mindful Return, we know that calm, thoughtful planning, and time for reflection, are keys to success in working parent life. Our FREE guide, 99 Questions to Ask Yourself Before, During, and After Maternity Leave, is our gift to you and your new bundle of joy.

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