Category Archives: Motherhood

How Denise Duffield-Thomas Prepared Her Business for Maternity Leave

How Denise Duffield-Thomas Prepared Her Business for Maternity Leave

I am thrilled to take you behind the scenes of maternity leave with Denise Duffield-Thomas, a money mindset mentor and the woman behind the well-known Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp.  Denise and I are in a group online where we all get real about juggling business with babies, and she brings that honest take to her… Read More

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

In late 2017 I joined a research team working on the psychology of goal-setting and goal-coaching during the perinatal period. I’m not a goal setting expert by any means, but together with technologists, maternal health experts, clinicians, and psychologists, the team reviewed the evidence around goal achievement, primarily from neurobiology as well as evaluation of… Read More

Preparing your Business for Maternity Leave as a Communications Consultant: Felicity Barber

Preparing your Business for Maternity Leave as a Communications Consultant: Felicity Barber

Let’s start with a little intro to Felicity’s business… I’m a communications consultant and the founder Thoughtful Speech, where I offer speechwriting, ghostwriting and content strategy. I’m a solopreneur and I started my business in 2014 when I moved to the US from the UK, where I was a corporate speechwriter. The majority of my… Read More

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

In October 2015, my work took me to a global strategy meeting on maternal and newborn health. Nearly 2,000 of us (researchers, advocates and service providers) from 75 different countries gathered together to discuss the current state of maternity care and develop the global agenda going forward into the next decade.   What was at… Read More

Three changes that helped me do my most meaningful work after the first year postpartum

Three changes that helped me do my most meaningful work after the first year postpartum

Before my son was born, I had grand plans for the year after his birth. I was going to kick ass. Make a ton of money. Look and feel great.   You might guess how this story ended up going.   I mostly: Felt like I was getting my ass kicked by motherhood. Made way… Read More

5 things to discuss with your partner today to help you create your parenting plan

5 things to discuss with your partner today to help you create your parenting plan

I recently co-authored a book where I wrote a chapter on alleviating stress in your life by preparing better to be a mom. In that chapter, I equated having babies to running a business. I got some comments about this comparison, but I do this all the time. I’m sure it offends some people, but… Read More

3 Ways to Step Out of the Box With Childcare

3 Ways to Step Out of the Box With Childcare

Maternity leave… what do those words mean to you?   For so many women, I feel that it symbolizes this short, sacred amount of time before they are rushed back to their jobs and away from their precious newborns.  So, frankly… the word is kind of associated with an impending sadness or anxiety.   We… Read More

The Step-by-Step Guide to finding the right Nanny

The Step-by-Step Guide to finding the right Nanny

Honestly, I started looking for a nanny while I was still pregnant. But (surprise, surprise!) most nannies are interviewing for positions where the baby is born already … rookie mom moment on my part, for sure! My early search was largely based on how anxious I was feeling about a nanny: Would my child be… Read More

5 helpful questions to ask before scheduling your appointment with your Lactation Consultant

5 helpful questions to ask before scheduling your appointment with your Lactation Consultant

We all know that breastfeeding has many nutritional benefits to mom and baby. What we don’t always know is that sometimes breastfeeding your baby does not always happen so easily. Some moms and babies have a rough start. Some run into problems a few days in. Some struggle for weeks.  We all deserve help, and… Read More