Pregnancy & Maternity Leave

Course Overview:

I have an incredibly long blog post all about pregnancy and maternity leave right here in case you want something more in depth. Downloads for all the forms I used with my clients as I prepared for both of my maternity leaves are below. 

Announcing Your Pregnancy

“[Client], before we get started today, I wanted to let you know that I’m pregnant and I’m due around ______ (I’d recommend a descriptor like “mid-May” or “late-February”). I plan to take X months off.  I know it’s a ways off, but I wanted to let you know as soon as possible so we can talk about any concerns you have about taking a break in a few months. My plan is to provide some referrals to therapists I know and trust. We can talk about those details closer to time, but for now is there anything coming up that you want to process?”

Discussing Maternity Leave As It Approaches

“Barring an early birth, as we’ve discussed my maternity leave starts in one month. I have a list here of therapists I know and trust that I think would be a good fit for you. I suggest getting in touch with them this week if you want to work with any of them while I’m gone. If you’re in the middle of great work with another therapist and prefer to stay with them when I return from maternity leave, I am totally fine with that. Of course I’d love to see you when I return, but I’m more invested in you getting where you want to be in life. I won’t take it personally and that I’d actually be proud of you for not sacrificing your well-being.

“I’ll send an email a couple weeks before I return so we can get you on the books if you do plan to return. Is all of that clear? Do you have any questions?”