For working moms, the end of maternity leave is an inevitability. It may reach its conclusion after six weeks (thanks, America) or six months. It could be paid or unpaid or a combination. But the fact remains that if you want to keep your job, it will come to an end. And that final week is going to be stressful and fraught with emotion. Mom will need to rely on her support system, so if you're part of it, take note of these nice things you can do for a mom on her last week of maternity leave.
After I had my first baby, I didn't go back to work. My daughter was born in May, and as a veteran teacher I had enough sick leave to take me through the end of the school year. After that, I'd decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Fast forward three years, and I'm pregnant again with two part-time jobs. I'm taking about 12 weeks of leave (although, as a freelancer, I'm not technically entitled to anything) to coincide with my kid's summer break as well my expected delivery date. This time, however, I'm going back.
I know it's going to be a difficult transition, but it's not one I intend to shoulder on my own. If you do the following, you can make sure that I (and working moms like me) don't have to: