How can dads best support their wives’ decision to return to work after given birth?
That’s what Lauren Smith Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, & Big Success After Baby, gives us the lowdown on in the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast.
Brody’s book is based on interviews and input from more than 700 moms who work in a wide variety of occupations as well as expert advice and real science. She defines the fourth trimester as those blurry days of handling a newborn and the fifth trimester as when the working mom is born.
In addition to advice on navigating the return to work and how to develop a sharing relationship with one’s partner, The Fifth Trimester covers issues such as deciding on the best type of childcare and dealing with a post-pregnancy body.
“Brody writes nimbly and wisely,” raved Publishers Weekly about The Fifth Trimester. “In addition to discussing solemn subjects such as postpartum depression, Brody makes her readers laugh … The meatiest chapter is the last, in which Brody provides tips for communicating with employers. Working moms will find a wealth of ideas to help navigate the challenging transition period.”
Along with writing. Brody is a producer, consultant and speaker. She had a 16-year career in magazine publishing, most recently as the longtime executive editor of Glamour magazine. Raised in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
The Parents’ Phrase Book author and City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea also joins us to talk about how he and his wife have set up their work life to support active parenthood and meaningful employment.