If ever I were to doubt the value of providing maternity coaching, I would only need to remind myself of the results of a survey undertaken earlier this year by the London Business School. Out of more than 2000 women whose views were canvassed, no fewer than 70% said they felt anxious about taking a career break.
And that’s any type of career break, not just maternity leave. Which is significant because as Harriet Minter writing for The Guardian’s Women in Leadership observed recently, women who take time off to study for a doctorate or travel round the world are typically congratulated, whereas returning mothers are often viewed as having been the recipients of remarkable generosity on the part of their employers.
70%. The case for maternity coaching involving both the expectant mother and her line manager couldn’t be stronger.
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