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About this expert
Sarah Courtney is a Maternity Coach and Human Resource specialist with over 15 years’ experience.
Maternity coaching is about helping women transition back to the workplace after having a baby, in a way that ensures they are empowered, confident and motivated.
Working with a number of companies as their in-house maternity coach, Sarah offers women an external, independent and confidential outlet where they can articulate their goals and concerns and formulate an action plan for managing them. She believes that during this important time in their lives, every mother should have the support of a coach. As a mother of two young daughters, Sarah knows that with the right guidance at the right time, working mothers can continue to thrive in their career and in their personal life.
It is her goal to partner with women in achieving the balance that works uniquely for them, both in their personal lives and professionally.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business & Legal Studies from UCD, a Diploma in Personal & Business Coaching from the Irish LifeCoach Institute and is CIPD qualified.
Sarah on maternity coaching:
"Women in Ireland are having children typically in their thirties and into their forties, just at a point in time when they are at their peak contribution in the workplace. Many women take a step back in their careers at this point, some step out entirely. This loss of talent has a significant impact on a company’s performance.
One solution which can help is providing maternity coaching. Maternity coaching is about helping women transition professionally back to the workplace after having a baby, in a way that ensures they are empowered, motivated, conscious of their choices and clear on their action plan both at home and at work.
As a Maternity Coach, I partner with women on this journey. I work with a number of companies as their in-house maternity coach, and I also work with women who come to me through word of mouth. I offer them an external, independent and confidential outlet where they can articulate their goals and/or concerns and formulate an action plan for managing them.
Although the coaching conversation is confidential, the typical topics that come up are:
Guidance on promotion and continuing along the career path
Personal issues from home, that once resolved reduce the stress the woman is under and allow her to focus more fully on her job
Adjusting to their new normal
On a personal level, I have two young children and understand the demands of juggling home and work. It is my goal to partner with other women in supporting them in achieving the balance that works uniquely for them, both in their personal lives and professionally."
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