Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, is the founder of Mindful Return and creator of the Mindful Return Course, a 4-week online program that helps women make the transition back to work after maternity leave. 40 companies now offer her program to their new mom and new dad employees as a parental leave benefit. She is also the author of the book Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave. Mihalich-Levin is a partner in the health care group at Dentons US LLP and is also Mom to two beautiful red-headed boys.
Imagine for a moment: you are pregnant and completely giddy about the prospect of becoming mom to a beautiful new baby. (And yes, of course, exhausted and you have crazy amounts of heartburn.)
Or you just recently brought a precious new life into the world, and time stands still while you’re gazing into those baby eyes, smitten with love. (And fatigue.)
And imagine you’ve had, to this point, a career with an upward trajectory. You work hard, take pride in your progress, have built a solid professional reputation, and you’re passionate about your job. You intend to return to the office when your maternity leave ends. But you’re just not quite sure how all of this is going to work out.
“WAIT!”, you say. That’s not imaginary. That’s me.