In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support women during and post their maternity leave. This issue: work and parenthood

The mother of all challenges

Lis Merrick and Nicki Seignot

Maternity mentoring is essential for new mums as they come to terms with life-changing events.

Our inspiration for this issue’s article is drawn from maternity mentoring schemes we have designed and implemented.

Our experience as coaches and working mothers, tells us that maternity leave represents a significant turning point as women re-evaluate work, career and life choices in the context of new and previously unimagined priorities.

With a number of maternity mentoring schemes in place, we offer some handy hints for creating a programme:

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