New support group for parents returning to work

The process of returning from maternity leave last July was emotional to say the least. Not only did I have to deal with the normal stresses of a new job and location, but I’d been away from the working environment for 12 months. That’s a long time! And the worst thing was leaving my 10-month-old daughter at nursery, where we’d both been in floods of tears. Sat at my desk with hardly anyone in (COVID), I had no one to talk to about my anxieties, no one to ask where I could express, and no one to have a cry with.

Deciding that no-one else should go through this experience alone, I had the idea of creating a support network for new parents coming back into work. Available across the RAF, and accessible from personal devices, the new Defence Connect page provides the opportunity for parents to make contact from the start of their maternity journey, through to coming back to work. The aim of the group is to provide relevant and up-to-date information about policy, breastfeeding support, PEd guidance, mental health, and things to consider when coming back into the office. It also has contact details for each Stn’s support network, enabling you to reach out for that much needed support. Need a coffee, a cry or just to know that you’re not alone, then get in touch.

Great news if you need to express, feeding rooms are available on Site 1 (entrance to Spitfire), and on Site 3 (next to the HIVE).