If you're pregnant, a new mother for the first or nineteenth time, or know someone who is - The Best Friend's Guide to Maternity Leave is a must-have! Betty Holcomb draws upon her own personal experiences and those of other moms, and puts together a book chock-full of advice on such subjects as, telling your boss you're pregnant, researching and assembling your maternity leave plan, and phasing yourself back to work after maternity leave. The Best Friend's Guide to Maternity Leave is written in such a way, you seriously feel as though you really are sitting down gabbing with your buddy over a cup of your favorite beverage.
Keeping true to its title, The Best Friend's Guide to Maternity Leave details the emotions (both the good and the bad), the insecurities, and the assumptions that many new or expecting mothers experience while on, or preparing for maternity leave. Addressing such things as feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment at getting showered before the dinner hour, the fear of not wanting to be left home with the new baby, or things not going according to the way they were planned during pregnancy, Ms. Holcomb shows moms "the ropes" and delivers it with a healthy dose of wit. All while emphasizing the need for mom-time, helping moms realize that "okay" will probably have to take the place of "perfect" and providing a pretty realistic estimate for when a new mom may begin to feel almost normal again, Ms. Holcomb "tells it like it is."
The appeal for many moms will probably be how thoroughly The Best Friend's Guide to Maternity Leave prepares a mom for all aspects of returning to the workforce. Ms. Holcomb provides tips on finding reliable child-care, continuing breastfeeding, easing back into work on a part-time basis, getting mom and baby organized to get out the door on time, and getting back into the groove after maternity leave while keeping your career on track. Most importantly, The Best Friend's Guide to Maternity Leave lets moms know it's completely normal to feel anxious, separation anxiety, or even resentful about their return to work. It also helps a mom create a customized plan for when, how, and how long she'll be gone and when and how she wants to return. Granted, the workplace, one's partner and baby will have to be on-board too, but Ms. Holcomb's The Best Friend's Guide to Maternity Leave addresses such a large part of the how-to, moms will be armed with the know-how.
Review by Kim Green-Spangler
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