2013 is proving to be a great year for us! The Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond blog has again been acknowledged. This time, we are being cited as one of the top 100 baby related blogs to follow in 2013 by couponaudit.com. This is a consumer information organization that gives consumers information about all manner of products and services so that they can make wise and informed choices (my personal mantra for all of you!)-and receive special gifts and offers, too!
While I am personally pleased as punch at all of the accolades, I am more thrilled by the fact that mamas on bed rest are getting much deserved recognition. If just 10% more people read this blog, that is 10% more people who will know and understand what it is like to have a high risk pregnancy. That is 10% more people who will know what to do and say to a friend, family member or other loved one who may be prescribed bed rest. That is 10% more people who will “see” us, removing us from the fringes of obscurity. And maybe, just maybe, our stories will stimulate physicians and researchers to target more research in our direction; to find more and more effective treatments for preterm labor, more and more effective treatments for cervical insufficiency, more and effective treatments for pre-eclampsia….That’s right, I’m on a mission to make bed rest a thing of the past (much like it is in most other medical specialties) and to put myself out of business!
So here’s to us, Mamas! And oh,
Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!
An infographic by the team at CouponAudit
Today’s blog is a guest post from Share a Nanny. Share a Nanny is a blog that shares all the pertinent information parents need if they are interested in sharing a nanny. The blogs range from “Reasons to Share a Nanny” to “Sharing Challenges”. If you are a parent preparing to go back to work after having a baby, you should most definitely check out some of the blogs and links below. Enjoy and Thanks to Share a Nanny for sharing this very timely information.
Whether you are a mom returning to work after a new baby or a long term absence from the work force, you will probably feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety. This is normal, as there are so many things you need to adjust to that didn’t exist before you had children. Now you have organizing childcare, missing valuable bonding time with your child and a whole host of other concerns running through your head.
Moms Returning to Work from Maternity Leave
Maternity leave, no matter how long the duration, will go by in the blink of an eye. Leaving your baby with a stranger and not being able to monitor her constantly will be hard. However, with the right planning and support, you can return to work safe in the knowledge that both you and your baby are in good hands.
- My Top Five Maternity Leave Tips
- 20 Tips For Working and Breastfeeding
- Five Guilt-Free Tips for Returning to Work After the Baby
- Leaving Your Baby: Childcare Options That Are Right for You
- The Back-to-Work Guide for New Moms
Maintaining the Bond with Your Child
Returning to work does not mean you are abandoning your child. Although you will spend less time with her, there are ways that you can keep your bond strong. Bear in mind, this is important for the emotional wellbeing of both the parent and child.
- Transitioning Back to Work After the Baby: Tips for Working Moms
- Working Moms: Tips to Bond With Your Toddler
- Go to Work, Mom, the Kids Will Be Fine
- Can Working Moms Still Bond With Their Kids?
- 7 Great Child Bonding Tips For Working Mom
Employer Support for Moms Returning to Work
Your employer has an important role to play in helping you integrate back into the work place. There are a number of ways in which your employer can support you. If you need retraining, reduced or flexible hours or your child has special needs, you should speak to either your employer or human resources department. These five blogs will help arm you with the confidence and knowledge to approach your employer for help.
- Presidential Debate: What Do Working Moms Need From an Employer?
- U.S. Lags Behind in Support of Working Mothers
- Action Step 14: Employer Support
- Pumping in the Workplace: Rights of Breastfeeding Moms
- 5 Things Employers Should Know About Breastfeeding
Career Advice for Moms Returning to Work
An obvious concern for moms returning to work, especially those who have been out of work long term, is how their career path is affected. Some moms may want to continue on their previous path, while others may want to move upwards or sideways into a different department, or take a reduction in hours. It’s often hard for moms to decide which way to go for fear that it won’t work out. Another concern for moms returning to work is whether they will be able to adapt to all the changes in processes since they were last part of the workforce. It is for these reasons that moms returning to work will benefit from career advice.
- Mothers Returning To Work – How To Boost Your Confidence
- My 6 Best Gutsy Tips for Working Moms (Besides Pick a Partner Who Makes Great Margaritas)
- Four Stress-Less Tips for Working Moms
- Advice for Working Moms Juggling Career and Kids
- Working Moms: Five Tips For Success
Training and Education for Moms Returning to Work
In today’s fast paced industries, job descriptions and qualifications are constantly changing. As a mom returning to work, this can mean stepping into territory that, although once familiar, is now completely foreign to you. Your aptitude for the work may not have changed at all, however, you no longer have the required tools to perform in the role to your full potential. It is for this reason that further training and education are something to seriously consider before returning to work.
- What is the Moms Return to School Grant for Working Mothers?
- Women and Education
- 5 Career Resources for Moms Returning to Work
- The Mom’s Guide to Higher Education
- Moms in College and in the Workplace
Managing Home and Work-Life
As a working mom, your life becomes somewhat of a balancing act between home and work-life. A full time job, whether it is in a traditional work place or at home looking after a child, is difficult enough to manage on its own. You need to learn how to manage both without causing detriment to your health. These five blogs provide advice on how to manage as a working mom, including tips from career-moms who have been in the same position.
Mamas on Bedrest, are you 35 or older? When you started your prenatal visits, did your OB/midwife office slap a big “AMA” or “Advanced Maternal Age” stamp or sticker on you chart?
They did on Sharon Munroe’s chart and that one stamp set an uncomfortable tone on her entire pregnancy. Sharon felt inundated with negativity and statistics about why her pregnancy was at risk because she was an older mama. But Sharon wasn’t daunted. She went on to have a completely normal healthy pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. This experience prompted her to make changes for her next pregnancy 3 years later.
Sharon now shares her experience, resources and pearls of wisdom with older mamas as the owner and editor of Advanced Maternal Age. Sharon’s mission is to get rid of the label “advanced maternal age” and for obstetrical professionals to view each woman’s pregnancy as a unique entity, while also supporting, informing and empowering older mamas to strive for the pregnancy of their dreams.