Lab of Self provides maternity coaching both to individual women who would like support at this time of transition and in an organizational context to help businesses support and retain their valued female talent and
For the Mothers
Pregnancy and early days of motherhood are times of transition: dramatic, swift, all encompassing transition. These times are exciting as well as demanding. The coaching eases the process of identity emergence, helping women come to grips with the new role as well as uphold other aspects of self including that of the professional woman.
Change is apparent in every aspect: professional life, daily routine, social life and relationships are all altered. Attention shifts from personal well being to that of the child. The body is required to do things it didn’t do before and this can impact the woman on more than a physical level.
Our identity - our sense of self - evolves over the years in relation to experiences, interactions with others and our environment. When women encounter all this change at once the experience is often felt as a ‘loss of self’. This is bewildering but nothing has actually been ‘lost’. The new circumstances are reshaping an emergent identity.
Unsurprisingly, many mum’s and mum’s to be find that around this time their perspective changes and they have new goals in various areas of life. Coaching provides the very much needed time and space to explore these. Amid the nappies and sleepless nights, this precious time is dedicated to the mother’s well being. The coaching facilitates the woman’s process of redefining what’s meaningful to her and re-mapping her life-plan.
The transition back into the business world can feel a bit like returning from an alien abduction! Women who are passionate about their professional life still need to learn to manage the logistics and carefully balance their energy and emotional resources.
For the Buisness Owners
Maternity coaching is a great resource for the mothers to be. It is also a financially savvy strategic move for many employers. The process allows employers to stay in touch with key players without being intrusive and allows the employees to feel cared for, and still a vital part of the organization, returning to optimal functioning as soon as possible.
Losing senior talent is costly and goes beyond the spend on recruitment. The cost of training is high and timely – it is difficult to restore the level of productivity a skilled and experienced employee is capable of. Even when a valued employee returns following maternity leave, it can take time for her to learn to balance the demands of a new family and those of a challenging role.
Maternity coaching provides female employees with support in the time leading up to and during maternity leave and continues upon return to the workplace. It is designed to help the employee learn how to manage her resources, handle the logistics of various aspects of life, regain focus and return to optimal functioning. Ultimately, the coaching contributes to a positive experience of the return to professional life.