I felt really worried in the lead up to my return to work. I was anxious over a multitude of things; how will I cope being without my baby girl for the first time since she was born? What if she couldn’t cope being away from me? How would the shift in our daily routine affect her? What happens if she only wants me and I’m not there? Would somebody else know what she wants when she cries? Would someone else do all the things I do for her, just how I do them? Could I afford childcare if I return to work? Could I afford to live if I didn’t return at all? The list was endless.
I think having someone to actually talk to about my potential options would have been really beneficial. But there doesn’t seem to be anything like that in regards to careers advice for women returning to work – or at least if there is, I was never made aware of this by any organisation/health visitor/paediatrician etc.
Thank you so much Hannah!