Returning to work after having a baby involves another stage of adjustment. As one's maternity or parental leave comes to an end, the thought of leaving one's child can be daunting. Shared parental care, family care or childcare needs to be arranged, and separation can be confronting.
Usual organisational skills and ways of working may be challenged and may need to be recalibrated in order to meet both the needs of children and the demands of work.
Work itself can be stressful due to the volume of work, performance expectations, deadlines, difficult relationships, or other stressors in the workplace.
For the primary breadwinner, the transition to parenthood can involve the added stress and pressure of having to earn money for the family. This often new responsibility can be overwhelming for some partners, and can be particularly stressful when work is slow, or when there is a threat to one's job.
For either or both parents juggling work and family life, counselling can help with stress management; time-management; implementing systems at home and work; dealing with guilt; childcare/separation stress; attaining clarity about priorities and values; managing self-doubt or low confidence; and enhancing assertiveness/communication skills.