With the notable exception of Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood by Allyson Downey, I haven’t found much good reading material on the actual return to work from maternity leave. Here are some of my favorites, though, on the related topics of motherhood, babies, breastfeeding, mindfulness, and overwhelm:
- Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military, by Robyn Roche-Paul
- The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, edited by Avital Norman Nathman
- Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood, by Allyson Downey
- I Love You Rituals, by Becky Bailey
- Lean On and Lead: Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, by Shay Chan Hodges
- Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry, by Katrina Kennison
- Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood, by Karen Mazen Biller
- Mompowerment: Insights from Professional Part-Time Working Moms who Balance Career and Family, by Suzanne Brown
- Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life, by Renee Peterson Trudeau
- Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, by Brigid Schulte
- Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Playful Parenting, by Lawrence J. Cohen
- Practical Wisdom for Parents: Raising Self-Confident Children in the Preschool Years, by Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum
- Work. Pump. Repeat.: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work, by Jessica Shortall
- Your Baby & Child from Birth to Age Five, by Penelope Leach
- The Zen of Midlife Mothering, Compiled and Collected by Cyma Shapiro
Need More Support?
- Dr. Emma Basch – Individual and group counseling, with a specialty in supporting pregnant and postpartum women and their families.
- Birth You Desire – serves the greater Washington DC metro area with childbirth classes, Birth Doulas and much more
- Body Connect Health & Wellness – Progressive health & wellness center, specializing in pelvic floor therapy, myofascial release, and other manual therapeutic treatments that reduce pain, restore body alignment, and improve overall function.
- Bringing Baby Home™Seminar – In a relaxed and supportive environment, new parents learn the skills needed to strengthen their relationship and foster baby’s development during this challenging adjustment of transitioning to parenthood
- Michelle Cohen, Savor It Studios – Prenatal and postnatal private and group yoga teacher and birth and postpartum doula in Washington, D.C.
- Rebecca Dallek – Coaching moms on career re-entry, career transitions, leadership development and work-life challenges
- Dr. Heather Diamond, PsyD – Counseling for individuals and couples, specializing in perinatal mental health concerns and adjustment to parenthood
- East Side Yoga – Rich program of prenatal and postnatal classes aimed at helping all mothers – expecting, new, and seasoned – build community and strength
- First Shift Justice Project – Information and legal assistance about family-related workplace rights, for workers in the DC metropolitan area
- Emily Goodstein – Washington, DC-area birth photographer
- Naomi Gottlieb-Miller – founder of Conscious Healthy Mama and longtime yoga teacher, works with overwhelmed, stressed out, busy moms who are looking to find more ease and enjoyment in their lives and through the everyday actions of motherhood
- Nicole Grocki, MS, LMFT, LCMFT, Maternal Wellness Services – Specializing in perinatal mental health providing individual therapy for pregnant and postpartum moms (and dads too!). Offers home visits in addition to in-office sessions
- Alexandra Hughes – Coaches Mothers “To a Place of Calm and Joyful Living”
- Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington
- Jennifer Kogan, MSW, LICSW – Counseling for Individuals, Couples, Parents, and Families
- Meghan Leahy – Parenting coach with Positively Parenting
- Marva Makle – Health coach for professional women who want to go from worn-out, burnt-out (WOBO) to joyous and thriving
- Metropolitan Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding support through consultations and an online (and in-person) store
- Dana Satir – licensed clinical psychologist in Boulder, CO, specializing in women’s issues, including eating disorders, body image concerns and difficulties in self esteem
- Emily Seamone – Founder of Women, Work, and Life; career and work-life coach specializing in helping women with changing careers for better work-life integration, returning to the workplace after a break, finding more flexible careers, and creating better balance in their lives overall
- Seeking Sitters – An on demand sitting/nanny service with a local owner who does all the work for you
- Heather Stegal, CPCC- Founder of Baby Steps Life Coaching for Working Women. Helping Women Transition Back to Work One Step at a Time
- Manisha Tare, Falling Leaf Wellness – Working with mamas in the pre- and postnatal periods, in person through healing bodywork and yoga, and via Skype through Mind-Body Coaching, to reduce stress and anxiety. Supports emotional well-being throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
- Queen Bee Concierge – Personal services for busy moms in the greater Washington, DC area
- Consider UrbanSitter to find babysitters you already share connections with
Take the Mindful Return Paternity Leave Course to ease your transition to work.
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If you have questions about the Mindful Return Paternity Leave Course, e-mail Jeremy.