Maternity/Paternity/Partner 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:

  • Career management
  • Work/life balance
  • 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 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 a follow up session of one hour.

We ask staff to contact us as early as possible before they take their Maternity /Paternity 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 3 months after your return from leave.

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


The content of maternity/paternity/partner coaching sessions is confidential

Does it cost anything?

No, there is no charge for maternity/paternity/partner 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