Magazine article Working Mother

Support Management

Magazine article Working Mother

Support Management

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You're a natural at work: delegating, juggling, being a team player, rallying colleagues around you for support. But as a new mom with all the accompanying emotions and fatigue, you may feel overwhelmed by offers of assistance-and even visits-from family members and friends. To help you take advantage of the help at your disposal and keep things manageable, Amy Miracle, a certified nurse-midwife in Columbus, OH, offers these smart strategies.

Know your needs. When accepting help, consider what will work best for you. "If you normally don't like having people in your space, then having your mother-in-law over morning, noon and night might not be a good idea," says Miracle. "On the other hand, some of my patients look forward to having a backup quarterback at their side. …

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