Project Description

Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, guides new mamas to a calm and successful maternity leave. She is the founder of Mindful Return and creator of the Mindful Return E-Course, is mama to two beautiful red-headed boys (ages 3 1/2 and 6), is a contributing author at Well Rounded NY, is the Maternity Leave Expert at Motherly, and is a partner in the health care practice at Dentons US LLP.

Lori has been committed to promoting women’s equality and leadership throughout her career. Most recently, she founded both the Returning to Work Community (RWC) for mothers at Association of American Medical Colleges who return to work from maternity leave and a D.C. Health Policy Lean in Circle. As an undergraduate at Princeton, she wrote her thesis on immigrant women in France who were victims of domestic violence. At Georgetown Law, she was the co-President of the Women’s Legal Alliance and represented clients through the Domestic Violence Clinic. In private practice, she was a member of her firm’s Women’s Initiative and a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

At Dentons, Lori advises health care clients on issues relating to graduate medical education reimbursement, hospital price transparency, and inpatient and outpatient hospital payment policies. She is also the Chair of her firm’s Flexibility and Parental Leave Task Force. Prior to joining Dentons, Lori worked as the Director of Graduate Medical Education and Hospital Payment Policies at the AAMC, and as a healthcare attorney at Vinson & Elkins, LLP and King & Spalding, LLP.

Lori holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (check out the Georgetown Alumni Career Spotlight on Lori here) and completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before beginning her health law career, she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in France, studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, and she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Neal E. Kravitz of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Lori loves tickling her cuddly boys, reading them The Book With No Pictures thousands of times, sharing parenting adventures with her amazing husband, building supportive communities, and practicing yoga.


There are books out there on every baby-related topic imaginable. But how about one that helps you plan your return to work, ease your concerns and fears about the transition so you can focus on your baby, introduce you to a community of other returning-to-work mamas, and empower you to make calm and thoughtful choices? Back to Work after Baby fills this much-needed gap.

Whether you are a brand new mom wondering how this return from maternity leave will go or it’s your second or third return, Back to Work after Baby will inspire you with new ideas on how to approach the return with a healthy mindset, tackle all those logistics, view your leave and return as a leadership opportunity, and commit to staying in community with other working mamas.