Laura Demuth

Children: 1

Industry: Tech, Healthcare

How would you best describe yourself?

A healthy (or sometimes unhealthy) balance of anxiety and being laid-back.

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

What has surprised me the most is that the day went from 24 hours long down to a seemingly much shorter amount of time. I feel like I'm unable to get everything done that I'd like to (I know I'm not alone in that!) so I've had to learn to give myself the grace to not succeed in the way I used to.

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

Give yourself a break! You don't need to know all of the things. Surround yourself with individuals who lift you up and make you stronger in your motherhood journey.

What has been your biggest challenge so far across the stages of pregnancy/leave/returning to work?  How have you overcome this?

Working through perinatal anxiety and depression. I have not overcome this; I'm just better at managing it. I sought help from my OB/GYN early on when things just weren't feeling quite right. I've learned to manage the amount of information I consume, so as not to stress myself out. Other strategies, such as mindfulness practices, writing and women/motherhood groups have been helpful as well.

What strategies/initiatives do you use to help you manage the juggle of being a Working Mumma and family?

Schedule! Our son does best when he has a routine, so we've stuck pretty closely to that. It gives my husband and I reliable time to get our work and personal things done as well. I've tried to keep a pretty tight Google Calendar and block off times I need to be out of work for family things so nothing gets scheduled over that.

What do you do for self care?

  • Alone time

  • Reading and writing

  • Spa days (pre-pandemic)

  • Walking

  • Talking to family and friends