8 Resources for Planning a Non-Traditional Maternity Leave


Getting pregnant comes with a lot of internal questions. From how to deliver to childcare to what types of foods are safe and so on, there’s no shortage of things to figure out. And while the internet can give us suggestions to most of these questions within a matter of seconds, there was one area I felt was lacking in resources: how to plan for non-traditional maternity leave. Which is obviously a big deal!

Of course, there are government-run pages that give overarching legal information, but more so than that, I was seeking answers to questions like how do you take time away if you run your own small business? how will my clients feel? how long can I take? how can I automate while I’m away? how do I hire a temp? etc. It wasn’t the laws that I was looking for - more so advice from others.

Since I run my own small editorial company and work directly with clients every day, I was pretty stressed about how to step away, keep clients happy, stay sane, and keep income coming even while I was out (I quickly learned I wouldn’t be receiving anything from the state since I don’t pay into disability). I’ve already shared systems to have in place before leave (which I’m on now if you are reading this!), but today I wanted to outline the resources that got me to that plan - without a corporate policy and with enough time to enjoy my transition into motherhood.

Any other resources to add to the list? Please share!

Chelsea Becker is a San Francisco based writer, creator of becker editorial, and on the editorial team at MU. Read her mindful thoughts on advice + motherhood and her tips for starting a successful freelance business.

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