Maternity/Paternity coaching


Having children can change our perceptions about ourselves and our relationship with work.

What do people work on?

You can choose what you talk about in the sessions. The kinds of issues people tend to explore are:

  • Work/life balance
  • When to start a family
  • Identifying shifting priorities
  • Refocusing professional and personal goals
  • The challenge of letting go before maternity or shared parental leave
  • Confidence building on return from maternity or shared parental leave
  • Negotiating flexible working arrangements in order to support your partner and child at home

How many sessions will I have?

We offer three maternity/paternity coaching sessions. You will have an initial session of around 1.5 hours, then an additional 2 sessions, each about an hour long.

You may choose to spread your sessions out so that you have one before your leave, one during, and one after, or, any configuration that suits you. You could use a session during your leave as one, or part of one, of your Keeping In Touch days (or SPLIT for shared parental leave) which means you can be paid for your time.

The last point at which you can request an appointment is six months after your return from maternity or shared parental leave.


The maternity and paternity coaching that we offer at the University contributes to PositiveWorking@Bristol

Eligibility and booking

The University offers career coaching to those going on maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave

If you would like to enquire about booking a session please contact staff-coaching@bristol.ac.uk

Confidentiality

The content of maternity/paternity coaching sessions is confidential

Does it cost anything?

No, there is no charge for maternity/paternity coaching.

I’m so relieved to know that I’m not alone in feeling like this. It’s good to know that there are others that have the same questions and feelings as me. I now feel that is OK to explore what my other options might be.

Maternity/Paternity coaching client