Therapist's Guide to Being Pregnant
The Therapist’s Guide to Being Pregnant: A planner, timeline, and guide for therapist parents-to-be
by Kara Bolling, MSW, LCSW-C
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“I truly wish I had this book when I was having my children.”
Ms. Bolling nails it in this quintessential handbook for mental health professionals who also hope to become parents. She clearly outlines potential issues a pregnant therapist may encounter and offers a trimester by trimester guide on how to address them. She integrates legal, financial, and emotional advice in a heartfelt and engaging way. I truly wish I had this book when I was having my children.
“It feels like a conversation with a friend.”
Kara’s book has helped put my mind at ease about being pregnant while continuing my work. Pregnancy is broken down into the trimesters as it applies to being a therapist, laying out to-do items for each. The “Over-Share” sections added relatable personal anecdotes, likely normalizing many situations and feelings a pregnant person could experience during their pregnancy. Her casual writing style is accessible and keeps it “light” and interesting, even while tackling some serious topics relating to pregnancy. It feels like a conversation with a friend. For those who like an interactive guide, Kara includes several sections. It is a quick read but is filled with wonderful insight, experience, possible scenarios, empathy, wit, and practical help. This book makes me feel like I will have a reference while I navigate pregnancy and work.
“Pregnancy is hard on a lot of women, and this book makes it just a little bit easier.”
This book is such a helpful resource for anyone in the mental health field who is or is considering being pregnant. I wish I would have had it during my first two pregnancies, as my story lined up with the authors and I could really relate to it… Pregnancy is hard on a lot of women, and this book makes it just a little bit easier… I didn’t take a maternity leave with either pregnancy and I regret that (I didn’t think I COULD without losing clients or income). If I am ever in the position of expecting while practicing in private practice again, I will certainly reference this book to help plan for a proper leave… Give it a read and see if it helps!
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