Now that it's time, you're feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Despite your best intentions and preparation, you doubt your ability to balance the demands of your work with the responsibilities of caring for your little one. The mental, emotional, and logistical load feels crushing.
On top of everything else, you're now determining how much time you want/can afford to take off work, deciding what kind of workplace flexibility to request, finding safe and affordable childcare you trust, figuring out the logistics of feeding your baby while you're away, keeping up at work while sleep deprived, weighing the pros/cons of sleep training, negotiating the division of labor with your partner, and trying your best to feel like yourself again. You care so deeply about making the best decisions for your baby, but feel wildly unprepared to do so. Where is that "parental intuition" you've heard so much about?!
On any given day, you may be feeling both enthusiasm and dread about getting back to work. Relieved to have a break from childcare responsibilities and devastated at the thought of leaving your baby behind. Excited to connect with pre-parent parts of yourself and guilty about that excitement. Your heart aches to think of missing major milestones like your child's first real smile, first successful crawl across the rug to reunite with a favorite toy, and first steps. Still, your work feels like a critical way for you to support your family's financial stability, contribute to your community, and grow as a person. You’re wondering if it’s possible to be the kind of parent and professional you really want to be (at least at the same time).
As a perinatal therapist, I specialize in supporting new parents from pregnancy through the postpartum year. I'm especially passionate about supporting new parents navigate work after baby. With an emphasis on mindfulness, values, and action, I'm here to help you design a meaningful life that honors your work in the world AND at home — whatever that looks like for you.
If you're ready to gain clarity on your next best steps for work after baby, click below to schedule a no-commitment virtual consultation. I'll be happy to answer any questions you have about starting online therapy and help you create a plan for next steps.