Have you got people working for you who are about to go on maternity or paternity leave? Find out how you can best support them with maternity leave preparation.

Did you know there is a 9 in 10 chance new mothers will struggle with the return to work? Are you aware there is a 1 in 5 chance they may find it necessary to leave the workforce after having a baby?

The cost of replacing an employee is estimated at 30k, including recruitment and training costs plus up to 24 weeks lost productivity whilst new recruits get up to speed.

Research suggests that organisations that have more women in senior positions perform significantly better than those that don’t.  Therefore there are considerable advantages to preserving the female talent pipeline.

Shockingly 70% of new mothers now report experiencing mental health problems during or after pregnancy  As many as 1 in 3 dads also suffer, but most parents are suffering in silence as only a fifth seek medical support. 1 in 10 parents say their perinatal mental health negatively impacted their work performance.

7.6% of sickness absence is attributed to stress, depression, and anxiety annually in the UK. This equates to 14.3 million lost working days per year. Analysis by Deloitte, found that poor mental health costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year. For every £1 spent by employers on mental health interventions they’ll get £5 back in reduced absence, presenteeism and staff turnover.

Parental leave can pose worries for employers and for the individual. At WorkBabyLife, we offer a series of workshops and one to one sessions to support organisations to better manage these transitions and retain talent.

Who is it for?

This workshop is suitable for anyone preparing to go on maternity, parental, or adoption leave.


During the workshop we will explore:

  • Pregnancy announcements at work
  • Conversations with managers / key stakeholders
  • Handover
  • Communicating during on their leave
  • KIT Days (what they are and how to use them for success)
  • Childcare
  • The next chapter
  • Positively prepare for Identity change
  • Self-care and managing stress
  • Workshops are run in small groups to allow space for participants to ask questions, share their feelings and concerns.


  • Increased engagement when participants feel valued, cared about and supported by their organisation.
  • Decrease in anxiety and worries relating to the transition, offering potential for reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.
  • Participants leave with a personalised action plan. This includes steps they will take for both a smooth transition and positive return.
  • Opportunity to build a support network of other working parents.

How the workshop is delivered:

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Online or face to face
  • Number of Attendees: up to 10

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