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Here's the Plan.: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood

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For many women in their 20's and 30's, the greatest professional hurdle they'll need to overcome has little to do with their work life. The most focused, confident, and ambitious women can find themselves derailed by a tiny little thing: a new baby. While more workplaces are espousing family-friendly cultures, women are still subject to a "parenting penalty" and high-profi ...more
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Published April 26th 2016 by Seal Press
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Megan
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I work for a small startup in the Silicon Valley, and as the only woman of childbearing age in the company, it falls on me to set the standard for our company's maternity leave policy. The pressure felt so enormous that I had been putting off thinking about the whole thing for months, but with only eight weeks left to go in my pregnancy, I started to panic.

At a recent "Mama Circle" of moms-to-be (and a couple second time moms), I asked... what are you planning to do about leave? How much time a
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Maura
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This was a quick read that was valuable perspective after having a kid, but might have been more helpful for me to read before having a kid. Downey gives ideas such as what to ask HR about family leave, how to network with other working mothers, and many examples of what women have done before and after having kids to continue their professional career. The more I read about how to be a working mom, the more frustrated I get about how little support there is in actual workplaces or financially t ...more
Linda
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baby-parenting
Loved this totally practical and affirming guide that took me through pregnancy (how do I tell my boss and my department), to how do I hire childcare and manage my life in this new world as a parent. Super super book that I was truly thankful to have and have referenced many times over the last year.
Jonathan Mckay
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 家-family
Kids and career are going to be tough. While there are a lot of books on how to be a good parent there are fewer on how to maintain a career while doing it. To plan for it, I will definitely read some lessons from somebody that quit their job, sued their employer and has then researched and written a book on the best strategy for surviving family and the American business world. Learned a lot:

1. Don’t take things for granted.
* Know the pregnancy Policy, it will not be trivial. Also, Learn t
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Louba Lababedi
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Allyson Downey's "Here's The Plan" when I was creating a support program at my job for new mothers. I knew immediately the book would be a great fit for our program. "Here's The Plan" offers straightforward, digestible, and practical advice for Career Moms. What I appreciated most is the realistic and positive approach to navigating the waters of becoming a working Mom. I am excited to offer this resource to our expecting mothers on staff! ...more
Emily
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Useful, practical, and often enlightening information primarily for the full-time go-getter type, but there is something for every employed mother or future employed mother.
Meredith Spidel
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't say how happy I am to cheer on this book! Was given a free ARC and am loving its mission. This MATTERS to us working moms--needed support! Thanks, Allyson Downey! ...more
Katherine
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
Very practical and thorough. This is for first-time moms working in office jobs, who want to keep working but don't have much in the way of role models around them or friends/mom-groups to ask for advice. The tone is very measured and more about laying out your options, drawing as it does from what seems like a pretty good variety of experiences and personalities. It was published in 2016 so it's pretty up-to-date still. I also appreciated that the usual discussion of laws in the U.S. related to ...more
Liz
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give this 5 stars not because I agree with all of Downey's perspectives, but because I think this is an extremely useful and practical book. One that I wish I had read in the beginning or middle of my pregnancy (and perhaps some women would even find useful to read while they're considering becoming pregnant), but I even found useful a year after returning to work from maternity leave. It's SO helpful to lay out useful information related to work and being pregnant/on maternity leave/returning ...more
Jana
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Practical, valuable, and thorough book that helped me think through parental leave planning with a focus on work but without neglecting my life and my identity outside of the office. Her research on high-level women having babies was extremely reassuring. I feel so much more prepared for navigating the mostly male leadership at my job (in ways that won't harm my career) while also prepping my peers and my team to cover for me while I'm gone. ...more
Brittany Barnes Deeg
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I checked it out from my local library and now own this book. As a professional who is thinking about starting a family in the next few years, this book was incredibly encouraging, honest, and practical. It covers so many bases I didn't even realize existed to all the important topics I knew would be important for me (PPD, returning to work, and crafting a parental leave policy). Definately something I plan to keep and gift to friends. ...more
Adrienne
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was feeling discouraged that so many resources for mothers-to-be are oriented towards women who are not focused on their careers. This was EXACTLY what I was looking for when determining how to talk to HR about time off, plan for leave, etc. It's written by a badass woman who knows what she's talking about, and I can't recommend it highly enough. ...more
Elyssa
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Read at the end of my pregnancy. A bit depressing on how few protections really exist for pregnant and new moms. Overall, I thought most of the advice was fairly obvious, but appreciated a few things (eg have 6 back up babysitters). We’ll see if I find it more helpful when I return to work post baby!
Kate Caldwell
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helpful but like all things targeted at career women it assumes a level of privilege that is a bit annoying. We can't all hire a cleaner to help with housework when we're struggling to afford daycare. ...more
Yael
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with practical information for the working expectant mom. It wasn't all applicable to me but helpful nonetheless. Could definitely see myself referring back to certain sections in the future. ...more
Bec Rindler
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book for people who don't have parental leave and need to negotiate. A little less useful for other circumstances/working at big companies. ...more
Jennifer Ehidiamen
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boom! What what I needed to read. Well researched! Love the diverse people perspective used to put things in perspective
Tanya
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, 500ws
This was one of the best books for working moms that I have read this far. I wrote a blog post all about it: https://www.tanyadapkey.com/post/here... ...more
Jessica
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really breaks down what you should do about the workforce and pregnancy. So much actionable guides for every stage. I should have read it 12-18 months ago.🤦🏻‍♀️
nicole
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A must read for women trying to start a family. I wish I had read it before my first maternity leave, but am glad I had it to prepare for my second. The content is geared toward certain professions, as books for career-minded women tend to be (think agencies, corporations not public service, education) but the focus is still on building confidence through concrete, actionable information to prepare for the major transformation. I appreciated the attention given to topics that you hope don't happ ...more
Jenny GB
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book takes it as a given that you're a driven career woman that wants to work after having children. In response to this assumption, Downey gives a detailed plan for what to do both before and after your pregnancy to juggle your career and your baby. The advice seems very practical and at times eye opening. As a woman who is not pregnant or trying to get pregnant yet, even I was inspired to go do some digging on my employer's policies and bookmark some sites for future reading. I think if s ...more
Elise T.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed more than any other baby or parenting books because the author more closely had my own views on parenting and breastfeeding. I did feel like most of her career minded women where much further along in their careers than I was, so I felt a bit silly reading about executive assistants or hiring someone to come over every morning to do laundry, dishes, and preparing lunches. Other than that, there is a lot of good advice about going back to work after having a child.
Blaire Malkin
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book covers all the topics that a woman needs to be aware of as she prepares for maternity leave. It is set up in a very user-friendly way and covers a big range of options. I wish I'd had a resource like this when I was pregnant. The details on how to handle leave, various childcare options, and other the range of experiences of other women was very helpful. ...more
Andrea
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have tried to read any pregnancy/ parents going back to work books I can get my hands on. I thought this book was a wealth of information that was easy to digest. I would not hesitate recommending this to friends or pick it up if I got pregnant again.
Lydia
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I only read the second half- the "after baby is born" sections. It's very practical, and I would come back to this for the resource suggestions. ...more
Darcy
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had read this before I went on maternity leave! A must-read for any woman who is pregnant and a professional or plans to return to work as it includes lots of practical advice.
Kristin Fritchman
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book for any new or expecting mom who plans to continue working and advancing their career. Lots of practical and useful advice about the logistics of motherhood at work. Highly recommend!
Rachelle
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Solid read about what it means to prepare oneself and the continued injustices in terms of women/parenting in a first world country. *sigh*
Charis
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It seemed obvious to me but I imagine that's because I read it when my daughter was older. Recommended for new parents. ...more
S
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd recommend this book to any professional mom and mom-to-be.

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