Create and put in place procedures and processes to support your goals
At an organisational level, The Maternity Coach can help you create and put into place procedures to support your goals for parental support, such as:
- Providing research and information to support your bid for funding for parental support programmes
- Designing the experience for your parents-to-be to fit with your organisational values and culture
- Providing bespoke brochures about the parental support you offer to support recruitment processes
- Creating brochures and information for your intranet and company handbook
- Providing regular feedback reports on the impact your parental support programme is having to show your return on investment
- Account management and support
At The Maternity Coach, we want to help you offer the best support to your parents and parents-to-be. We offer training courses for HR & DE&I teams to learn more about the transition to motherhood and the support needed along the way. We also offer training to build a team of ‘Maternity Mentors or Buddies’ to offer support from colleagues who have previously navigated the transition to and from parental leave.
Training and courses
Understanding and supporting the transition to motherhood
(One day workshop)
This one-day practical workshop is a mix of learning and discussion. We…
- look at the role your support and policies play in your recruitment and retention process,
- Learn more about the transition to parenthood and how this impacts on our return to work
- Reflect on what makes a parent friendly culture and what we can do to improve our workplaces
- Think about the practicalities of supporting parents and parents-to-be and what we can put in place at each stage in their journey to ensure the smoothest transition possible
Motherhood and the parental transition – tips for coaching working mums
(One hour webinar)
This one-hour webinar is aimed at coaches who support working mums. It looks at how the transition to motherhood changes us and how this impacts us at work, together with sharing tips and tools to use in your work with working mums.
Maternity Mentor and Buddy training
(One day training course)
This one-day training course is aimed at colleagues who are interested in becoming Maternity Mentors or Buddies, covering:
- The transition to motherhood
- Common issues brought to sessions
- Mentoring / Buddy guidelines
It also offers hands-on practice for participants to role-play a typical session with feedback and ongoing support following training.
Maternity Coach training
(Two day training course)
For organisations that offer internal coaching, we offer Maternity Coach training for trained coaches to learn to support their colleagues in their transition to and from maternity leave. Our two-day course helps participants better understand the transition to motherhood and how this fits in with women’s careers as well as learn more about Maternity Coaching in practice. The course licences participants to use our Parental Leave Coaching Toolkit with clients, which consists of 30+ exercises to support parents to and from maternity/parental leave. This course is recognised by the Association for Coaching CPD hours scheme, giving 13 hours of CPD.
Some organisations we work with...
What my clients are saying
“I have had the pleasure of working with Frances for over 12 months, in a bid to collaborate in setting up a maternity coaching offer for all London’s GPs. I am delighted to say we are about to launch the first cohorts from January 2022.
Frances has been incredibly generous in her willingness to support such a critical part of our NHS staff retention work. From the beginning she inspired me with her desire to think creatively and find a solution that would work within the budget constraints of our funding. She was not daunted by the prospect of adapting her ways of working and rather embraced the challenge as an exciting opportunity for innovation. Her flexibility has been a crucial factor in enabling our success.
She had remained diligent, thoughtful and methodical in her approach to organising an ‘at-scale’ programme and has shown integrity in all that is asked of her. I have appreciated her approachability and warmth as a person which has made it a real pleasure to know her and work with her.
I commend the standard of excellence she demonstrates in all her work: her communication, her attention to detail, her positive attitude. I have no hesitation on endorsing her as an outstanding professional coach."
“From the initial brief and discussion, Frances brings another level of professionalism and expertise with her ability to deliver the material in innovative ways, making the course bespoke for the individual and maximising the learning and experience from the course. We recently worked with her to redesign the delivery platform to be an online offer and her flexibility, drive and technical skills have ensured that these two cohorts have had an equal if not an enhanced experience compared to our previous face-to-face offer.
Frances brings not only her professional skills and expertise, but also her warmth as an individual and as a parent. This generates a feeling of trust and she somehow manages to provide the space and time for each individual (even in a group setting) so participants feel comfortable and share experiences at this transition point in their lives. My feedback is also reflected across all five of the cohorts, which reflects more than sixty participants, who all rate the course very highly and are positive promoters of the course to others."