Episode #261: Planning for Maternity Leave with Arianna Taboada

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In this episode, Steph interviews Arianna Taboada, MSW, MSPH, about what parents need to know when planning for maternity leave and returning back to work. Arianna is the founder of The Expecting Entrepreneur®, a consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs design parental leave plans that meet their business model and personal needs. They talked about maternity leave strategies and policies that take into consideration your mental health, physical health, and financial wellness. This is something you can start planning even before you conceive! Whether you are a brand new entrepreneur, own a small business, or work full-time, you’ll find this episode packed with things to consider to make the transition easier on everyone. You’ll also hear her top strategies for returning to the workplace after your leave, which includes building your support system and thinking through the process in a more holistic way. Her organizational strategy and empathy for parents shines through in this conversation and her resources.

Topics Discussed: 

  • Maternity leave policies in the US
  • When to start thinking about your leave
  • How to fund your parental leave
  • Your rights when returning to work
  • Unique challenges (and solutions) for entrepreneurs
  • Strategies for returning to the workplace
  • How to build a support system to make the transition easier

Show Notes:

  • www.theexpectingentrepreneur.com
  • @ariannataboada
  • Postpartum Ecomap
  • Click here to learn more about Dr. Elana Roumell’s Doctor Mom Membership, a membership designed for moms who want to be their child’s number one health advocate!
  • Click here to learn more about Steph Greunke, RD’s online nutrition program and community, Postpartum Reset, an intimate private community and online roadmap for any mama (or mama-to-be) who feels stuck, alone, and depleted and wants to learn how to thrive in motherhood.

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This episode’s guests


Arianna Taboada, MSW, MSPH (she/her/ella) is the founder of The Expecting Entrepreneur®, a consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs design parental leave plans that meet their business model and personal needs. Arianna speaks and writes about parental leave and respectful maternity care as an issue of social justice, human rights, and economic equity. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Health Equity, Advances in Social Work, and Ethnicity & Health. She is a co-author of Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School, published by The University of Illinois Press in 2020, and The Expecting Entrepreneur: A Guide to Parental Leave Planning for Self-Employed Business Owners.

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