Returning to work after having a baby is, for many women, nothing short of a nightmarish prospect.
Because while men who are fathers are more likely to be promoted and held in higher esteem by their colleagues, women are more likely to be demoted, moved off major projects and not given the same opportunities as their childless counterparts.
And according to Valeria Ignatieva, it was all of this, plus her own years of experience, that lead to the creation of her co-shared company, Diverse City Careers.
Arriving in Australia as a Russian immigrant 23 years ago, nothing has come easy for Ignatieva throughout her life.
As an 11-year-old, she started school not speaking a word of English, having her mother side beside her in class and translate. Then, a few years later, she left school to begin a Coles Myer traineeship and study business management.
And for a while, things were good. Ignatieva was focussed on her career and rising through the ranks of her apprenticeship. But when she became a single parent to a son with cerebral palsy and was forced to leave her job, the now 34-year-old found herself searching not only for the opportunities she'd had in her previous position but also a position that would understand and support her.
The one thing she had on her side at that time, Ignatieva tells Mamamia is motivation.