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Maternity Leave & Career Break: Art and Employment Research

Mother with two young children

Having your child, taking maternity leave and then returning to work may well be one the most emotional life changes you’ll experience. Including feelings of anxiety and guilt, even when it’s your second or third child.

As a woman who’s returning to work after an extended absence, your emotional concerns are similar. You’ve been out of the job market for a number of years and things have changed….a lot. You’ve also got practical considerations that may include childcare and retraining.

So what do you do, ‘Keep calm and carry on?’ We have a better suggestion; we provide you with the opportunity to explore, express and address these feelings and the impact they have on how you experience returning to work.

Because experience tells us both of these scenarios have a significant impact on mums we’ve teamed up with a University student to take part in valuable research in this area. We’re inviting you to join us, so that with you’re help we can make a positive difference for all mums.

Research Student

Rachael Kraft is an MSc psychology student researching women’s emotions and perceptions of work following maternity leave or a career break. She is studying at the University of Kent. Her supervisor is Lynsey Mahmood, a researcher in the School of Psychology at the University.


UnglueYou® agreed to take part in this research because returning to work after maternity leave or a career gap can be emotionally difficult, daunting and overwhelming. We also know that the approach we offer benefits you and your well-being at this time. Allowing you the opportunity to explore your concerns and options. While finding your own solutions and ideas for addressing them. This eases the transition for you, your families; which in turn benefits the employer.



Rachael’s research aims to investigate how creative arts based practices can alter the way women perceive their transition back to work. Believing that utilising creative practices and mindfulness techniques can help facilitate increased levels of motivation, identity, self-efficacy and overall well-being.
We’d ask you to complete a questionnaire before and after your workshop, or consultation. This way we can capture how your perceptions might have changed and note the difference.

Data collection

All your answers will be anonymous, and we won’t ask for information that could individually identify you or your organisation. The data will be used for Rachael’s research project. Reporting trends in the data or themes from any open ended questions. On request your data can be removed at any time; even after the workshop.

Next Steps

You can get involved by attending a workshop, booking a 1-to-1 consultation or a DIY online consultation.

If you decide you’d like to take part you’ll be sent a link with

  • a joining letter
  • pre-questionnaire

Thank you for taking an interest in this research. We hope you’ll choose to get involved.

If you’d like to participate contact me on: 07540 780039 or by email.

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