Monday, 3 April 2017

Maternity Leavers: A Review

Having a child is a huge change to anyone's life; you are solely responsible for a little person's life and will be for many years to come.

One of the changes that will take getting used to is likely to be in regards to your job. After having my first child I went back to work part-time; the main reason being child care costs. Now that I am pregnant with my second child, I have found myself weighing up my options again.

I was recently contacted by DUX Publishing to review a copy of 'Maternity Leavers' by Soozi Baggs; as you can imagine I jumped at the change being the bookworm that I am.


Throughout the book, Soozi touches on the various options that we have as mothers; working full-time, part-time, staying at home, self-employment and doing something completely different and branching out to podcasting and blogging to name a few.

I absolutely adored this book; it was quick and easy to read which is essential when you have little ones! Soozi drew on her own experiences along with case studies of others too.

The information was invaluable, no matter what stage you are at with your parenting pathway, and offers all the options available to you as a mother and the ways in which to approach them.



From all of the options she discusses, I currently slot into the 'Flexible Working' section; I currently work three full days a week which allows me four days to enjoy with my daughter. Where I will slot into next year is anyone's guess but for now, I'm enjoying my time being both a worker and a mother. I definitely have a happy balance.

The first six months of returning to work for me were a nightmare; my initial flexible working request had been rejected and I was moved to a different department which offered more suitable hours. My anxiety had hit an all time high, I was constantly ill with laryngitis and I had a doctor's appointment booked to speak to them about how my stress levels had soared. Luckily, my manager from my old department, who had been off work at the time of my initial request, managed to arrange better hours for me back in my old department. As soon as I had the news it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I have never looked back. I honestly believe that if I had continued on in the same department I would have signed myself off on sick; I was constantly nervous every Saturday evening knowing that I had three days in work coming up and I never felt confident in my role.

I would recommend this read to anyone, even if they have yet to start a family. It truly does give an insight into what is available and I'm glad of the information that it has provided me with for when I start my maternity leave in August.

You can purchase a copy here.
It is available in both paperback and Kindle; I promise you will not be disappointed.

*Disclaimer* I was kindly offered a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

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