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Frances Cushway
Career Coach

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Maternity Coaching

Maternity coaching helps both individuals and organisations manage the transition smoothly to and from Maternity Leave smoothly. 

One-to-one personalised coaching and help with planning ensure women make the right plans and decisions to suit their individual circumstances and feel supported by their organisation. This in turn can help an organisation retain their valued employees and help them achieve their full potential.

Maternity Coaching Workshops can help individuals understand and manage their transitions with a supportive group setting. Maternity Coaching Workshops are suitable for mothers-to-be as well as mothers already on Maternity Leave, and babes in arms are welcome! These are run privately and can be tailored to run within your organisation.

This course has been fantastic, thank you! I have gone from feeling that leaving was the only option, to feeling confident that there are ways around balancing working and being a mum.

Jane Doe - Another Company, LLC

What does a maternity coach do?

A maternity coach, like any coach, provides an objective and impartial sounding board for a mother to explore her feelings and options as she progresses through her pregnancy and maternity leave, as well as facilitating planning the start of her maternity leave and her return to work and beyond. Once back at work, a maternity coach can help with career planning to help a mother resume her career with confidence.

Maternity Coaching Programmes

I offer three options: Maternity Coaching and Maternity Coaching Plus and a Maternity Coaching Workshop, which can all be tailored to suit an organisation’s requirements.

1) Maternity Coaching

The basic package provides one maternity coaching session during each of the three key stages of transition: before maternity leave starts, during maternity leave and after returning.

The first session helps prepare for maternity leave and lasts 90 minutes.

The second 90 minute session takes place after KIT days have taken place and in the last few weeks of maternity leave.

The third 60 minute session takes place within a month after returning to work to check in with how the transition has gone and help with any issues that have arisen.

2) Maternity Coaching Plus

In addition to the three sessions above, Maternity Coaching Plus offers two additional 60 minute sessions around 4-6 months and 6-9 months after the return to work.

3) Maternity Coaching Workshop

This fun and interactive workshop offers a fantastic combination of thinking time and practical exercises, covering the following topics:

- Emotions and Values

- Practical Issues

- Confidence and Motherhood 

- Understanding your 'Why'

- Managing the Home Contract

- Keeping Sight of Yourself!

- Long Term Career Planning

- Preferred Maternity Leave Plan

It is available as a full one-day workshop, or three one-and-a-half hour sessions

Frances has worked with our organisation to develop and deliver bespoke maternity coaching to our GP members. She has been easy to communicate with, flexible and helpful. The workshops have had good feedback and we will be using her again. Thank you.

Sarah Kay,  GP Clinical Leadership Fellow, Wessex Local Medical Committees

Coaching Options

Individual programmes offer face-to-face or Skype coaching sessions, with email and telephone support between sessions.

Contact me today to find out more about my maternity coaching packages or register your interest in my Maternity Coaching workshops:
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