- Approach: Make a book with tips to wish someone a good maternity leave
- Time investment: 3 hours
- Costs: > 10 euro
- Resources: Online HEMA program to make a book yourself
- Element for success: Personal stories from colleagues
Serah is standing between her colleagues in a café in Amsterdam East. Her cheeks are red. Her belly is huge, just a little longer. In her hands is a yellow-black book she just received as a gift. It is made in the style of the Dummies range. The big tip book for mother Serah is on the front, as if it were a real book. How does she earn all this? she asks herself
There is toast. "On your new phase of life!" Oh God, what's going to happen soon, Serah thinks. Last toast. She raises her apple juice. Maternity leave starts tomorrow.
In the weeks and days before delivery, Serah regularly reads a story from a book. She gets to know her colleagues from a different side through nice anecdotes and photos of their own first motherhood or fatherhood. Serah eagerly takes the tips. She reads about anti-crying methods, ultimate weaning times and manners with the maternity assistant. And about make-up after birth: Do not put on mascara during delivery. I did that at the first. After nineteen hours of puffing, the mascara had spread so much that it looked like I had two blue-eyed eyes in the pictures.
A good night's rest
Serah has a happy daughter. In the first days and weeks as a mother, everything is new to her. She doesn't get enough rest for reading, unless a problem arises, such as lack of sleep. Didn't someone write something about this in the mother tip book? She flips to a story by Martin and renews her hope for a good night's sleep. The months pass. Serah goes back to work. Once in a while she reads a page in the book.