You might be surprised to learn that my entrance into maternity leave planning and coaching did NOT begin with my own arrival at motherhood.
I had a decade of experience as a maternal health professional, but when I set out to plan my maternity leave as a self-employed consultant, I found…a whole lot of nothing.
I found some blog posts of what other women did and what worked for their business.
I read about what entrepreneurs in billion dollar companies did for their leave (oh hey Marisa Mayer!)
I came across dozens of generic “guides” that included sage wisdom like “plan ahead” without delving into much more.
I did not find any clues about how to develop a process. No system for figuring out what would work for me and my business.
I wondered if I would simply have to experiment…and that made me really nervous.
In fact, during pregnancy and postpartum, every day can feel like a science experiment of how much work you will be able to do and how much progress you will be able to make. Perhaps you have found yourself nervously wondering
- Why juggling pregnancy + business + life is turning out to be much harder than anticipated…and the baby isn’t even here yet!
- How you’ll let go of some of that perfectionism and the never-ending to-do list and still have time for yourself once the baby actually arrives…
- What your day-to-day schedule will look like during the “4th trimester” including self-care and transitioning back to work when you are ready…
- How to garner more support that you are getting from your prenatal visits, unsolicited “advice” from well intentioned friends + family, and Dr. Google…
When you are used to taking care of business + life with ease, growing and caring for a tiny human can feel like it’s seriously throwing you off your usual game…it sure did for me!
But let me reassure you that you are in the right place.
In case no one’s been honest with you so far (but I really hope they have!) the transition to motherhood is inevitably messy.
I personally find myself continuously wondering what the next day (or hour—or minute) will bring. I know I’m not the only one.
Navigating the unknowns of this period of life is not easy, but you don’t have to go at it alone.
In fact, my job is to stick right by your side and provide guidance as you build the supportive network you need to thrive during pregnancy and postpartum.
Let me properly introduce myself: My name is Arianna Taboada, and I’m a Maternal Health Consultant for Entrepreneurs.
It’s my privilege to work with women who are experienced entrepreneurs and first time mamas-to-be to make their maternity leave and transition to motherhood smoother – while keeping their business thriving.
I bring expertise as a maternal health professionals, as well as a fellow business owner and mama to the table.
I was introduced to the maternal health field as a public health professional working with new mothers in some of the most vulnerable situations women can find themselves in: living in poverty, leaving abusive spouses, navigating a new country and language — all while they experienced pregnancy, postpartum, and tried to make sense of the resources available to them.
Over the past decade I grew a consulting practice specializing in women’s and reproductive health issues, working in clinical settings, non-profit, research/academia, and private practice.
As you might guess, I learned a few things along the way. I got some degrees in the field, sought out further training, delivered continuing education to other professionals, wrote articles for the top scientific journals and then…I got to test out all the tricks up my sleeve during my own transition to working motherhood when my son was born.
What kind of expertise can you count on when working with me? Here’s a quick list of relevant qualifications:
- 2 health professional degrees: a Masters of Social Work and Master of Science in Maternal & Child Health (both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- 3 years of specialized training by the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau
- 6 years of providing consulting services in maternal and reproductive health to universities and research institutions
- 8 years of experience as a clinical health educator
- 16 years of being successfully self-employed
- 40+ invited lectures, presentations and trainings given in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala
- 2000+ hours of advanced training and continuing education in mental health, yoga therapy, ayurveda and mind-body wellness techniques
In working together to figure out the “new normal,” the entrepreneurs I serve tell me that they
- Are better able to calm feelings of anxiety and overwhelm related to business + baby balance
- Feel safe in their ability to process information and make choices aligned with their values
- Come to a deeper understanding of their new (and ever-changing) identity as a working mother
- Develop an actionable plan to tackle the inherent challenges in the transition to motherhood (and keep business thriving too!)
Consider this your official welcome to the world where business and babies collide.
Your transition into motherhood deserves the type of strategy and customized support you would build into any business transition.
Click here to learn more about working together to craft your maternity leave and back to business plan.
Click here to check out the pillars that guide my services.
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