Maternity/Adoption/Paternity/Partner coaching

Maternity, Adoption, Paternity and Partner (MAPP) coaching service

Starting the adventure of parenting can change our perceptions of ourselves and our relationship with work. The Maternity, Adoption, Paternity and Partner (MAPP) coaching service aims to support staff who are preparing to take, or have taken, maternity, adoption, paternity or partner leave, with this change. Coaching is free, confidential, and staff can choose what to focus on during their sessions. 

What is coaching?

Coaching is a powerful tool that uses one-to-one discussions to help an individual (client) navigate starting out on the adventure of parenting. Helping them to adopt a positive perception of themselves and their relationship to work in what is a ‘new-world’ for them, learning to balance expectations, childcare, career, well-being and relationships.

The client will be supported by the coach to develop a greater awareness of their strengths and areas for development, and through a process of careful listening, questioning and feedback, the client will be helped to find their own solutions.

How many sessions will I have?

We offer an initial session lasting 1.5 hours, then depending on the needs of the client and the availability of the coach we may be able to offer up to two follow-up sessions of one hour.

We ask staff to contact us as early as possible before they take their MAPP leave so we can arrange the first session. The client can choose when it would be most useful: as they are preparing to go on leave, during their leave as part of a keeping in touch day, or when they have returned to work.

The last point at which you can request a session is 6 months after your return from leave.

To book an appointment contact

What do people work on?

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

  • Career management
  • Work/life balance
  • Identifying shifting priorities
  • Refocusing professional and personal goals
  • The challenge of letting go before MAPP leave
  • Confidence building on return from MAPP leave
  • Negotiating flexible working arrangements in order to support your partner and child at home

Eligibility and booking

The university offers coaching to those going on maternity, adoption, paternity and partner leave. Contact for further information. 



We do not disclose who has used the service or what they have talked about.

Does it cost anything?

No there is no charge for maternity, adoption, paternity and partner coaching sessions.

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