Category Archives: All Things MAMA

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

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

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

6 essential maternity leave planning principles

6 essential maternity leave planning principles

  Maternity leave – It’s been all over the interwebs lately.  I’ve been doing some head nods as many major news outlets push for more generous parental leave and provide detailed reasons as to why this is important. (If you haven’t read these and are interested, check out this and this.) When you are a business owner,… Read More

Three gifts that will make postpartum easier

Three gifts that will make postpartum easier

Folks are pretty generous when it comes to welcoming a new member of the family, and baby showers often bring in the goods. But decided what you need vs what’s overkill is tough! During my own pregnancy I knew deep down that baby only truly needed a handful of things: A place to sleep Some… Read More

What can you do about birth trauma?

What can you do about birth trauma?

This advocacy piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.   Every new mother’s worst nightmare keep showing up in my Facebook and Instagram feed. A detailed account of a birth experience hijacked by an insensitive provider. Ruminating thoughts about what birth “could have been like.” Flashbacks and triggers continuing on well into the toddler… Read More

A behind-the-scenes look at starting maternity leave before 40 weeks

A behind-the-scenes look at starting maternity leave before 40 weeks

I started my unofficial maternity leave waaaay earlier than normal. Like 4 months earlier. The idea actually came up during one of my routine visits in early pregnancy. As you might have read, I was not a happy camper. My midwife jokingly said “Maternity leave should really begin during pregnancy and go through the postpartum… Read More

How a postpartum eco-map can make the transition back to work easier

How a postpartum eco-map can make the transition back to work easier

So, I’ll start by answering the obvious question: What the heck is an eco-map? Simply put, it’s a visual tool that helps us assess our connections with family, community and social networks, paying special attention to the quality of these relationships. And it’s been the foundation of my postpartum planning as I navigate through my… Read More