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The End of Maternity Leave: a poem for Mummy on her first day back at work

It’s a date that’s been in the diary for months, yet nobody has been looking forward to it. The emotional day when a new mum heads back to work at the end of maternity leave.

If you’re lucky enough to have wangled some shared parental leave, so that dad can take over at home, I’m sure it softens the blow slightly. But for the vast majority of new parents, the end of maternity leave means that, for the first time in their life, your little pride and joy will be someone else’s responsibility. And I think every parent that’s been through it can agree, this is a mammoth, highly-charged adjustment for mums (especially) to process.

So to give my wife Rosie the courage to make it through her first week back at work after maternity leave, Teddy and I wrote her a little poem, to ease her mind and remind her of all the things to look forward to about returning to ‘paid employment’.

And, hopefully, for any other new mums going through the same, this poem can also give you little boost too…

You’ve got this mama!


A poem for mummy on her first day back at work

Back to work after maternity leave


You’ve cared for me tirelessly,

since the day I popped out

and I’ve loved every minute,

of that, there’s no doubt.


But it’s time now to head back

to your nine to five;

I know it seems scary, but

I know you’ll survive.


Just think of the freedom

you’ll have, once you’re there,

with no nappies to change,

or me, pulling your hair.


Like drinking a cuppa

before it’s gone cold,

and dealing with grown ups

who do as they’re told.


Or grabbing a sandwich

when lunch hour hits,

without having to chop it

into small bite sized bits.


And wearing clean clothes

(that I’ve not yet stained),

while mingling with adults

who are all potty trained!


Plus, I’ll be just fine mum,

so don’t get distraught.

You’ve prepared me so well

with all that you’ve taught.


I won’t scream the place down;

I’ll smile on cue;

I’ll eat all my lunch up

and sleep when asked too.


Of course, I’ll miss you,

but the hours will fly by…

so be a brave mummy,

and try not to cry.


You’ve left me in safe hands.

It’ll be a right laugh!

I’ll fill you in later,

when you give me my bath…


It’s time to head off now,

or else you’ll be late!

Just try to enjoy it…

I know you’ll be great.


I see you’re still nervous

but, really, we’ll be alright.

So chin up, head down

and I’ll see you tonight!


I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! If you are dreading going back to work at the end of maternity leave or, indeed, know anyone going through the same who might get a little kick out of this post, please do share it on your socials to help spread the love!

And for more advice on pregnancy, birth and parenthood, my new book YOU THE DADDY: The Hands-on Dad’s Guide to Fatherhood, is OUT NOW to buy.


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  1. Jenna Rogers
    27th October 2020 / 7:51 pm

    Sums it up perfectly. I cried reading this on the eve of returning to work. Thank you.

      28th October 2020 / 10:05 pm

      Aww thanks Jenna – glad you liked it and hope your first day back went OK.

  2. Jem12
    31st August 2018 / 8:09 am

    That made me cry. I will be going back to work soon and it’s not easy not having your baby with you. A nice peom to prepare me.

  3. 17th May 2018 / 7:20 am

    Such a Inspirational and emotional poem. Love the way you covered all the things. Keep up the great work.

  4. Lafunky
    6th January 2018 / 9:25 am

    What a great poem! It has lifted my spirit. I’m returning to work next week after one year maternity. Everyday I encourage myself that everything will be fine with my daughter at nursery. My husband and friends encourage me on a daily basis.
    Can’t we all just take our babies to work?

      6th January 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Ah thank you! Would love to take my baba to work too…not sure I’d get much done but would be worth it!

  5. Anna
    4th January 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Lovely poem, dreading this in April 🙁

    I wrote a little reply
    But wait there’s an issue can you guess,
    I won’t make it home for your bath I work for the nhs! 🙁
    I’ll see you in the morning little one I hope you understand, leaving you for the whole day is not what I had planned,
    When my 12 and half working hours are through
    my heart will ache from missing you,
    so i’ll see you in the morning sleep safe my little tot, and never forget I love you ever such a lot!

      4th January 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Ahhh LOVE IT!!! A great addition xx

      • Frances Webster
        30th August 2018 / 10:04 pm

        Feel your pain being a NHS nurse we never get to leave on time, breaks your heart but all worthwhile I know he’s having fun with grannys and nursery x

  6. 6th October 2017 / 11:26 am

    Ah this made me cry! I went through this in May and it’s hard and yet I can imagine my children saying this to me!

  7. 1st September 2017 / 8:22 am

    This poem made me emotional as being a daughter I am thankful to my mom who has always been there for me.The only thing I have to say is “I LOVE YOU MOM”

  8. Afroz
    15th August 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Amazing! Got tears and went into flashback wen in last November 2016 i joined my ofc leaving my 2.5month baby… it was heart breaking. I was unable to concentrate on work for few days but time heals everything. Still there are days wen i feel to quit work n stay with my son.. to see him growing n not miss on anything… i wish…

  9. Emma
    11th August 2017 / 2:56 pm

    This made me cry! It’s so lovely. Hope your wife got on well back at work. I have months leave left with my baby boy so going to enjoy every second!

  10. Lynn
    9th August 2017 / 8:31 pm

    I love this! Thanks for writing this, its brilliant! I’m going back to work next week and struggling a wee bit but will keep this poem handy, it’ll really help!

  11. 7th August 2017 / 6:32 pm

    This is awesome and so true but after my second maternity leave I am pleased I am taking some extra time out to bring up my babies! Fortunately I get to drink my coffee hot when they both sleep at the same time 🙂

  12. Shamim Robson
    4th August 2017 / 10:28 pm

    A beautiful well written poem.I went back to work last Sept after 9 months of maternity leave.If you work with children like I do as a nursery officer your still doing all those things but to someone else’s children wishing it was your own child x

  13. Victoria
    3rd August 2017 / 11:21 pm

    I am coming to the end of my maternity leave with my second child. Although I have gone through the ‘return to work after mat leave’ phase before it doesn’t feel any easier second time around. This poem made me smile. Have shared it. Thank you.

      4th August 2017 / 6:09 am

      Thanks so much Victoria – wishing you lots of luck on your first day back zx

  14. Hannah
    2nd August 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Love this. Brought a tear to my eye. Im a new mum contemplating going back to work… at some point, but the thought of leaving baby is just heart wrenching. Good luck to all the mama’s brave enough to do it!

      2nd August 2017 / 9:49 pm

      It really is so tough Hannah but it’s a transition that can have lots of benefits for your baby too – Teddy’s only been away for 3 days now and he’s developed so much already. Hope you manage to find a solution that works for you!

  15. 2nd August 2017 / 1:14 pm

    What a great poem!! Nailed it!

      2nd August 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Cheers buddy!