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For many women in their 20's and 30's, the greatest professional hurdle they'll need to overcome has little to do with their work life. The most focused, confident, and ambitious women can find themselves derailed by a tiny little thing: a new baby. While more workplaces are espousing family-friendly cultures, women are still subject to a "parenting penalty" and high-profile conflicts between parenting and the workplace are all over the news: from the controversy over companies covering the costs of egg-freezing to the debate over parental leave and childcare inspired by Marissa Mayer's policies at Yahoo. Here's the Plan offers an inventive and inspiring roadmap for working mothers steering their careers through the parenting years. Author Allyson Downey-founder of weeSpring, the "Yelp for baby products," and mother of two young children-advises readers on all practical aspects of ladder-climbing while parenting, such as negotiating leave, flex time, and promotions. In the style of #GIRLBOSS or Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, Here's the Plan is the definitive guide for ambitious mothers, written by one working mother to another.

For many women in their 20's and 30's, the greatest professional hurdle they'll need to overcome has little to do with their work life. The most focused, confident, and ambitious women can find themselves derailed by a tiny little thing: a new baby. While more workplaces are espousing family-friendly cultures, women are still subject to a "parenting penalty" and high-profile conflicts between parenting and the workplace are all over the news: from the controversy over companies covering the costs of egg-freezing to the debate over parental leave and childcare inspired by Marissa Mayer's policies at Yahoo. Here's the Plan offers an inventive and inspiring roadmap for working mothers steering their careers through the parenting years. Author Allyson Downey—founder of weeSpring, the “Yelp for baby products,” and mother of two young children—advises readers on all practical aspects of ladder-climbing while parenting, such as negotiating leave, flex time, and promotions. In the style of #GIRLBOSS or Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, Here's the Plan is the definitive guide for ambitious mothers, written by one working mother to another.

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  • By Guest on April 18, 2016

    I work for a small startup in the Silicon Valley, and as the only woman of childbearing age in the company, it falls on me to set the standard for our company's maternity leave policy. The pressure felt so enormous that I had been putting off thinking about the whole thing for months, but with only eight weeks left to go in my pregnancy, I started to panic.At a recent "Mama Circle" of moms-to-be (and a couple second time moms), I asked... what are you planning to do about leave? How much time are you taking off? What's your company's policy and what's your plan?The vast majority of the moms had plans to become full time stay at home moms, which I totally respect, but don't plan to do myself. Many others were planning to take at least six months of leave, which I couldn't see myself doing either, because working hard makes me happy. A couple women worked for companies like Google, who had generous and established maternity leave policies. I was the only one who didn't seem to have a plan, and I left the "support group" feeling more panicked than ever.That same night, after a little sleuthing on the internet, I came across "Here's the Plan." It was pre-order only, but THANKFULLY, it was available on Kindle, and I immediately devoured the whole thing. In the pages of "Here's the Plan," I found my tribe. As it turns out, there ARE women out there who love their work AND want and plan to be loving, wonderful moms. No one's saying we working moms (or working preggos) can have it all, but there are definitely tried and true best practices for navigating the whole WWP (working while pregnant/a parent) situation.If you are a mom or a mom-to-be who needs a little "career-meet-babies/babies-meet-career" advice (or even just wants to know there are other women out there navigating the same challenges!), read this book.

  • By Megan D on April 17, 2016

    I wish I had had this book when I was navigating returning to work after the birth of my second! I think this is a great resource for moms who hope to continue being a real force and contributor at work, while being the mom they want to be at home, too. Very practical advice written in an incredibly easy to read way. I'm putting this book in all the baby shower gift baskets I give from this point forward!

  • By Meagan Jensen on June 7, 2016

    I can't remember the chain of internet links that led me to this book, but it's been incredibly helpful as I transition to a full-time job post baby (it's my first baby AND my first full-time job--I've always been a freelancer in the past). When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I just remember that all the moms she interviewed figured it out, so I'm sure I'll be able to.I met the author at her book party in San Francisco and her advice to build our networks really resonated with me. It's been a voice in the back of my head that has strengthened many connections already.Buy this, read it for yourself, and then give it to all your friends BEFORE they get pregnant (or anytime, really)!

  • By Alexandra Sipe on May 27, 2016

    This book is an easy read and has a lot of helpful ideas for navigating the office return post baby. I wish there was more content on navigating the return after baby 2 though because that is definitely different than coming back after baby one.My only reason for not giving5 stars was because the book often refers you to the website for info. That is ok for linking up to other resources, but I didn't like that I had to go to an additional source for checklists.

  • By Kelly Fee on May 10, 2016

    "Here's the Plan" is basically one big toolkit for women entering and navigating through the waters of motherhood and professional life. As noted in the title, this book is highly tactical, resulting not only in readers who are educated on the many challenges associated with pregnancy, parenting, and being a professional, but, more importantly, readers who are equipped to address those challenges.I recommend this book to ALL women - be them future mothers or not. It is evident to me after reading HTP that it is equally as important for non-mothers to understand the challenges of their co-workers with children and to know how best to support them.Allyson does a great job of including pithy, real-life anecdotes from women who've been through the trenches. She is careful to avoid the "shoulds" and implicit judgements that can often creep into these types of books and isolate certain segments of mothers. I anticipate that working moms will appreciate her candid writing style and her general openness with a periodic "Amen, sister" while reading.

  • By AnnishakQ on April 27, 2016

    While reading this book on a trip I got a job offer. The practical advice included in Downey's book spans beyond basic "how to succeed in your job while pregnant or parenting". I found myself using language from the book during my negotiations with my future employer. I got a true sense of confidence after each chapter. As parents we add a value to our companies and shouldn't shy away from discussions that we often assume will hurt our chances of furthering our careers. I'll be sending this to some friends for Mother's Day.


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