Congratulations! Your little one has arrived! Enjoy this time of excitement, fatigue, joy, turbulence and no work emails! Most employers and colleagues know better than to bother a new mother or father about work-related matters, but occasionally, an email may slip through and either cause you extreme nostalgia and longing for the professional life you once had, or throw you into a fit of rage as to why someone would have the audacity to contact you during your magical time with your baby. Not to worry; the ball is in your court. You can decide how much of a connection you’d like to have to your professional life during your time off. However, it is a good idea to maintain positive ties with your workplace and co-workers.
Although your parenting duties will take up most, if not all, of your time, you can still choose to participate in selected workplace events, perhaps attend a conference, join PA advocacy campaigns online, work on accumulating CME hours, contribute to blog writing or find another meaningful way to maintain a professional life despite your absence from work.
One more thing, if you will be requiring child care upon returning to work, you will want to look into this early on as many centers have wait lists. A helpful tip is to do most of your touring of child care facilities before your baby arrives- you’ll thank yourself for this later!