5 Mamas Talk Maternity Leave Planning (And *not* planning)

There are plenty of daunting unknowns about new motherhood: Breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, and yes, will I poop on the table. But seldom do we *really* talk about maternity leave planning.

For those of us fortunate to have paid leave in the United States, there is still the question of how to set your team up for success, creating space for bonding, and what feels right for you. Five of our favorite mamas share how they’re approaching this sacred season.

Priscilla Tsai

Founder of cocokind

“Seeing as I’m going through this for the first time, I’m hesitant to commit to anything as I have no idea what recovery will be like for me.”

Megan Roup

Founder of Sculpt Society

“Seeing as my body is my business, it was a little scary to get pregnant.”

Julee Wilson

Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Director

“I’m an advocate of people taking their full maternity leave to check out, take care of themselves and their baby; you can never get that precious time back to bond with your child.”

Shama Hyder


“Regarding a proper maternity leave this time around, the answer is, I don’t know.”

Amirah Kassem

Founder of Flour Shop

“I did step back, and it’s been amazing to watch my team grow and work together.”