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Q&A: How much maternity leave?

How can I figure out how much maternity leave I’m entitled to?

Re: How can I figure out how much maternity leave I’m entitled to?

The Bump Expert

First, find out what your employer offers. Review your employee handbook and any medical or maternity leave policies posted on your corporate intranet, or check with a rep from HR. You may be eligible for short-term disability coverage and/or paid or unpaid leave as a benefit.

If you work for a company that has at least 50 employees in a 75-mile radius and you’ve been there at least a year,you are eligible for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It allows you 12 weeks off in a 12-month period. (It might have to be taken concurrent with any leave your company grants.) You can take it all at once or in shorter increments. For example, you could take 8 weeks off right after your baby is born, and then take one day a week off for the next 20 weeks. Your employer must continue to provide health coverage and must allow you to return to your same job or one equivalent. Check the National Conference of State Legislatures to see if your state has its own (potentially more generous) regulations on leave.

Paula Kashtan

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what if your company has less than 50 employees?

Wondergirl73 |

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what if you've been with the company less than 90 days?

SUMMER4718 |

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Does anyone know if companies are required to pay for your health insurance during your leave? Once I use up my vacation and sick leave, I've been told I will have to pay for my health insurance. Didn't know if this was normal...

mommajd28 |

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My sister took a maternity leave recently and is now having to pay the insurance that they didn't take out of her short term disability check.

pugs325jr@cox.net |

Q: Not sure if I'm returning, still get maternity leave?

What if I decide at the end of my leave that I want to be a SAHM, will I have to pay my company out or return any money?

LuckyLove |

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When I supervised, I learned that, if you were off the payroll for a full payperiod, you were responsible for your share of the cost of insurance. So if I take 12 weeks of FMLA, but only have sick leave/vacation for 6 weeks, I have to pay the cost of the insurance plan starting week 7. In a different dept, one woman scheduled herself to use 3 sick leave/vacation days per week and 2 unpaid, to stretch it out and not have to cover the insurance cost. Talk to your HR people.

Beth10/16/04 |

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When thinking about leave be sure to know the regulations for your babies child care when you return to work. I work in a day care and we don't enroll children under 6 weeks old, so any parents will at least have to take that amount of time off to care for their child until they can be enrolled.

frf1537 |

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I just got on maternity leave, I was told by the state at least in NJ that you get 4 weeks before your due and 6 weeks after you give birth.

miocam13 |

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We get minimum 2 years with job security (and nearly full pay) here in Germany. We're lucky here! :)

Magsk |

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I suggest work as long as you can and take a longer leave after you give birth to spend extra time with your baby.

MYRACOLLINS |

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It looks like I won't get 12 weeks just b.c my job doesn't have 50 employees. It's a private owned business (which makes a lot of money, btw!) and by the time I have my baby I'll have been there a year and a half. I'm hoping to work at home part time anyways. But we'll see what my boss says, she's not very understanding sadly. It's all work work work with her!

snickybugg |

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I can't believe how little mat leave US residents get :( In Canada you get one year (although not with full pay unless your company tops up what the government gives). I guess we're pretty lucky here

fero121 |

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I'm a full time nanny and I don't get any maternity leave.. if i take off its completely unpaid and the family asks I only take 4 weeks off after the baby is born and I think that is absolutely rediculous i dont mind taking it unpaid but I don't think they should determine the time frame.. What is a common maternity leave time frame most women take??

cryckret1 |

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Cryckret1, that's horrible! Seeing as how you can't put your child in daycare until they are at least 6 weeks old, the family you work for should understand that! And I agree that the U.S. is the worst when it comes to maternity leave! I will have to be on FMLA since my job doesn't offer maternity leave and they just began to offer Short term disability which I don't qualify for since I'm already preggers - been with the company for two years...sheesh! Times like this, I wish we lived overseas....

toyah81 |

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We get a month pior to haveing the baby and 6 months paid after having the baby, and here in BRAZIL they cant fire you, unless obviously you rob/steal do things to the extreme....

fernandezg |

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I am very happy to be Canadian! Realizing I am beyond blessed to get off work 8 weeks prior to my due date and one full year in total of Maternity leave :)

Mikgirl87 |

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My company is cutting me off Insurance at the beginning of May- I am due April 25. They are not keeping my job, and I get no benefits whatsoever. I am not entitled to anything at all since they have fewer than 15 people. Discrimination laws only cover companies with higher than 15 people and FMLA, 50 employees, and COBRA 20 employees... man USA stinks!

Tovah137 |

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I'm a teaching in Indianapolis and I get to take a year off with my baby and still have my job. I'm planning to take a semester off (half year). That means my baby will be close to 5 months before it has to go to daycare.

rlyttle |

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I work for a small (10 employees) company and I am the only woman. I get 12 weeks unpaid but it must be taken consecutively (no one day off a week here). I only get that because I edited the company handbook last year and changed it from 6 weeks and my boss did not change it back. He would prefer I come back at 2 weeks. I am responsible for my health insurance ($185 a pay) once my vacation/comp time is finished before I come back and for the baby's insurance ($98 a pay) the entire time I am off.

rmattis |

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im from canada, and we recieve 65% of our pay for 12 months for either mom and or day. but we can take up to 2 years off and still have a job, 2nd year are unpaid tho. mom and dad can either can 6 months at the same time, mom 6 months then dad 6 months or mom/dad can take 12 months. :D we are lucky here too

BabyNoahsMommy |

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I was just informed that i only get 30 days. If I am unable to return within those 30 days, my employment is terminated. Has anyone ever dealt with this?

Binkx007 |

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I get 12 weeks paid, plus any vaction time that I have. Then my company lets you bring your baby to work until they are 5 months old. I am feeling very lucky about that one!

ldennison |

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Man, I should move to Germany or Canada.

aleighhendrix |

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I work for a company that has less than 50 employees but our parent company has more than 50. All HR info I've ever seen, including the comapny handbook I was given has been in the parent company's name. I have worked there over a year. I wonder if that will still qualify me for the 12 weeks off through FMLA. Oh and I'm with the comment made before, we should all move to Canada. It's so sad that we live in one of the most well off countries in the world and our health care system and family values are so behind other countries.

renbel |

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I was already preg when I started my job. Not sure what they're going to do when I take off. They say they're going to work around it, but I've been burned before. I think pregnant woman in the USA need to rise up. We definately do not get the treatment we deserve. And even worse....paturnity. Dad's don't get any bonding time with the baby here.

crystal_d1980@yahoo.com |

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I thought 12 weeks was good until my Canadian friends started feeling sorry for me; now I know why!!

rachellynna |

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I can take up to 12 weeks. My company pays for 2 weeks maternity leave and then i can use my vacation time/sick/personal time after that. My husband is able to use his sick time and he has a ton of it. He will probably take 2 months and it will all be paid. After the first 3 weeks i will go to work for 2 days a week just to keep something coming in.

our1stbabynov |

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In my company i get 6-8 weeks (depending on the type of deliver -natural or c-section) 60 % paid maternity time off . After that its FMLA.

zeelakhani |

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IF I TAKE 4 MONTHS OF LEAVE? CAN MY JOB FRIE ME? OR DO THEY HAVE TO TAKE ME BACK?

JESUSITA26 |

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I'm afraid to tell my job I'm pregnant because I really don't see it working out when I come back... when I ask to leave early for a doctors appointment now (by early I mean an hr..) its an issue with my co worker who gets paid a full time salary but works part time... :( I don't know what to do...or how I should tell them? I know as soon as I say something.. my work will want to know when I will be coming back and honestly I don't know what I am going to do after the baby is born yet... I need the money but i don't think working 8-5 M-F is fair for the baby...any advice? :(

mysticchica23 |

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i thought that the norm was 6weeks? does it make sense that i would use my banked sick time hours for my family leave time? how my coworkers are explaining it i dont have enought sick time hours to take the whole 12 weeks

trombagn |

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I've only been at my company for a month and I'm due in December...we have well over the required amount of employees...but since I'll be here less than a year I'm sol... When will the US get on board and realize we need to give mom's more time?? seriously!!

pipergirlz |

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12 wks would be amazing!!! However I'm active duty military: no time prior except for personal leave and only 6 wks of maternity leave after.

labefana85 |

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I am from the US but currently work as a teacher in Mexico. I thought that the US had better maternity leave than here but it seems to me it's the same, 42 days before and 42 days after. During that time you are not allowed to set foot at work or the company can be sued by the government. Incredible that the US doesn't give more time!

ciaocamila |

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I am a HR Professional. and TTC, so I have a good understanding of the time you are aloud to take under FMLA. You have to work for a least one year and 1250 hours. Your employer must have 50 employees within a 75 mile radius in order to be requried to follow this act. If your company is requried to follow FMLA guidelines you will be entitiled to 12 weeks of leave over a one year period. This can be taken all in one chunk or over the course of the year. As far as benefits, they must keep your benefits during the 12 weeks of leave. However, since FMLA time is non-paid time you will not have the benefit of having the health insurance premiums deducted from your paycheck. So employers can ask for you to send in monthly payments for your portion of the premium while on leave. Some employers might wait to take the payment when you return. Employers are also requried to have you return to your same position at the same rate of pay. Various states might have different laws on preganacy leave, that might be better than FMLA. If your employer is not FMLA eligible or/and you have not been with the company for 1 year then unfortunatly, you will not be protected under this act. However, as best pratice most employers who offer STD (Short Term Disability) will allow for the employee to remain active during the STD period. Most STD plans cover pregancy and birth for 6 weeks. It is always best to ask your HR dept about the leave options that your employer offers. Also, knowing your companies policy on leave should be considered when TTC. You don't want to put yourself in a position where you are not protected under FMLA or not eligible for leave benefits.....hope this helps!

V-bride |

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My employer is paying my heath premiums while I am out on short term disability. I do have to pay them back. They gave me several options, however. Make a payment by personal check directly to them in some ammount either as a one time payment or monthly, or they will double my bi-weekly payment taken directly out of my paycheck for the amount of paychecks I received while on short term disablity. Perk to having them take the payment out of my check when i get back is it will be Pre-Tax. Sending in payments or a payment by check will be after tax has been removed from my paycheck.

crysarnold |

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Sorry to hear that Cryckret1. I myself think its unfair but also I have experienced the other side. We had a caretaker for our grandmother, kinda an adult's nanny, at 8 months she told us she wanted to take 12 weeks pregnant. I can't afford to deal with finding a new caretaker, it takes multiple interviews and background checks. All so I can find a 12 week replacement so she can come back. We told her that we can't do 12 weeks. I can get out of work early and use an adult geriatric day center but I can't afford to do that for more than a month. I gave her the option that after the 4 weeks I could take off work early and she is more than welcome to bring her baby. Grandma is pretty self sufficent just needs to be watched and to give her all of her medications. Grandma even did all the cooking and most of the cleaning in our house. Once a week the caretaker would drive her to the grocery store and grandma did the shopping. But the caretaker said that it wasn't reasonable and she took the time off even though I told her I would have to find a permenent replacement since I can't afford the 12 weeks. After 16 weeks she called me and was upset because I had filled the position. Well our current(the replacement) caretaker is amazing! we love her!!! she's great with grandma even though grandma lives in an assisted facility now and said she is more than happy to do our childcare. Cryckret1 you just have to think about their side. See if they will allow you to bring your child, if they are happy with you they very might think its a good idea. we thought it was.

nursenhowell |

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we get up to 12weeks with the FMLA but we have to use our pto and eib after that runs out we have to start paying for our ins. but anyone can get 12 weeks with FMLA

sloony |

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Depends on where you are and the labour standards...I am in Canada and have been working full-time for over two years so am entitled to one full year of leave. Review your employee policies and any laws that apply.

damensmummy |

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I'm in Cali, and as far as I understand...your doc can take you out of work up to one month prior to your due date. Then you get 6 weeks post delivery paid through state dissability (8 if you have a c-section). Then after this time, you can take up to 12 weeks (if you've been at your work 1 year) through the FMLA/CFRA act (6 weeks of this can be paid through Paid Family Leave, the rest is unpaid but with job protection.

applejacks68 |

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So recently I found out that I'll be starting a new job! FABULOUS for us because it's more money and a great company. But literally, the DAY AFTER I received my offer letter, I found out I was pregnant! Now, since I won't be at the company for 12 months, i won't qualify for FMLA. I was stressing about it pretty badly, but I'm meeting with HR in a couple of weeks to discuss my options. I can't believe CANADA and GERMANY get such nice leave times. That's amazing. Pipergirlz, you're totally right. US needs to get on board here!

_lobsters__ |

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I'm a receptionist at a college and the other receptionist is also pregnant and is due in August. The only way i'll qualify for maternity leave is if i work her hours while she's on her maternity leave, then ill have the 1250 hours and 1 year that's required to qualify, if not, im SOL and i'll have worked there for a year. lol the US gov is not very nice.

allienorris |

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I'm lucky I'm a teacher and was able to plan my baby's birth date. I'll be eligible for 12 weeks of vacation (some of which will be unpaid), but I will have my summer off (with only minor prep work). By the time school rolls around for fall in 2011, the baby will be about 5 months old. While my situation is OK, I wish I was in Canada right now, too.

garaasjohnson |

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haha wow now i dont feel like canadian maternity leave isnt enough we have to have 500 hours and we can take a full year off .... plus we get it paid and still are entitled for family allowance...

Kummer2011 |

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where i work we don't have maternity leave we have to use our paid time off and we are required to take 6 weeks no more no less. So i will only have three weeks paied.

agrady42 |

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I only work part time in a drop off child care at a local gym, and i dont get any paid time off or anything. it stinks, but i have only been working 3 days a week for 4 hours at a time since i was 5 months pregnant. it basically paid for the gas to get to and from. im scheduled for my c-section on oct 11 and i told them sept 16 would be my last day. i changed my mind and called them today, told them i wasnt feeling up to coming. it's hard being 8 months pregnant and working with 20-40 little kids. they are, however, saving my spot for me. which makes me very happy. and luckily, its a free service to the members and i can take my baby with me when i go back to work. :-)

evajean85 |

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Yes, we here in America like to talk the talk about "family values" and family coming first, yet when it comes to walking the walk, we fall far short of putting the family first with very small exceptions. It's pathetic. I work for a non-profit company of 15 employees who talks the talk as well, but when it comes down to it, I'm on my own once my sick and vacation time is up. They don't even have to guarantee my job for me when I come back. They are completely exempt from any laws regulating family leave. How lovely. My short term disability will cover only $1,000 of my recovery time unless I have a C-section, in which case they cover more time off. It's ironic to me that they would basically pay me more to have surgery, when my preference is to go as naturally as possible with a shorter recovery time. You'd think that's what they would like to reinforce, but those aren't the values our country holds right now. My husband and I have decided that our time at home with the family is more important than anything else, so I gave up my insurance with my company and went on to my husband's insurance from the beginning. I'm lucky I had that option - many women here don't. In addition, we gave up our comfy and spacious house for a small one that we could afford on one salary and we will both stay home with our baby for 12 weeks. If I lose my job because of it, so be it. All you Canadians and Germans out there - yep, you've got it good. Be proud that you as a people have put raising a family at the top of your priority list. It may not be a perfect system that you have, but at least you don't go around bragging that it's the best in the world when there is clearly a lot of room for improvement.

susanadanna132 |

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Be careful-if you are employed half-time they aren't required to give you ANYTHING. Talk with your boss only when you have to, and your union rep (or handbook) even earlier.

randommoose |

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I'm a personal assistant... So I am the office. I'm not really entitled to anything so I have to start interviewing and training a person to relieve me for a while.... what's fair for me to ask off?

AJAmbriz |

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Maternity leave is determined my your company / boss (individually owned). Please read my blog post about Maternity leave to get a better idea of what happed to me. http://www.hotdogbunintheoven.com/?p=695

hotdogbunMama |

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The 12 weeks thru FMLA is unpaid; the amount that's paid can depend on your employer but i think it's usually 6 weeks altho part of that may be disability which isn't full pay. My husband's from Canada and all of our friends there get a year with 60ish% of their pay! I think the US and employers here need to start doing more to protect families, 6 weeks is not enough time to spend with your baby & is too soon for daycare but a lot of women have to go back. But even if you take the unpaid 12 weeks they cannot fire you for it.

thankthesox |

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Q: Maternity Leave in New Jersey Is there anyone who lives in New Jersey & has taken maternity leave but through disability & not through FMLA? I am so confused. I am the 1st one in my company to have a baby so they have no clue what the laws are & what I am entitled to for maternity. It is very frustrating. HELP!

cheeva123456 |

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I am also from Canada and work for the Federal Government. We get one year in total. (with an option to split 30 something of those weeks with the father/let him take all/mother take all; whichever you prefer. The government gives you a large chunk, and federal government (my employer) tops up the rest to full salary for one year. I consider myself very lucky -- esp. after hearing all the issues in the states!!

twinkle_toez69 |

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My state is so hostile to pregnant women it's ridiculous (unless they're uneducated, unmarried and too broke to raise the child - then it's pretty much a free ride and the taxpayers who make too much to qualify but not enough to afford their own children foot the bills). Only FMLA applies - no state laws to help out, no disability.

Mellingtonboots |

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I have been in HR for the past 6 years...and from what I know at the company I work for is that you have 12 weeks off for FMLA in a 12 month period....You can get short term disabilty if you are currently enrolled in that benefit. Short Term Disability only pays out for 6 weeks if you have a vaginal birth and pays out for 8 weeks if you have a c-section. This is paid out as a seperate check so you are required to pay for your benefits during the time of your leave. It is also my understanding that if you choose to be a SAHM at the end of your leave you will owe your company nothing as far as money goes. I hope this helps and good luck to you all!!!

MELASH08 |

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Before the baby is born, your dr will give you a note to be off work from the time they deem it to be medically necessary to either the due date or until 6 weeks post partum. Your leave before the birth is considered to be due to your own medical condition and many employers do not require you to use your vacation time. Once the baby is born, your LOA becomes FMLA baby bonding time. Most employers do require you to use your vac time for this leave. By the way, daddy's are eligible for baby bonding time just like mommy's. I don't know if it is for as long since there is no medical recovery necessary. Even if you were just hired, your job is protected. You cannot be fired because you are pregnant. If you choose to be a SAHM after your leave, there are no repercussions, your employment simply ends. You are responsible for making sure your insurance premiums are paid each month while you are not working. I know I am kind of rambling, I hope I was of some help to someone.... bottom line is talk to your HR office and to your dr to find out everything that will apply to you.

babybuckley |

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Were I work in Chicago we get 12 weeks. You use all your sick time and vacation time first, than the company gives you 6 weeks pay at a small percentage of your salary. I got smart last year and made sure too enroll into Short Term Disability. So we'll also get an extra $1500 a month. Not much but I'll take it. My company continues to provide insurance throughout but I continue to pay bi-weekly out of my payroll.

denise0209 |

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It varies depending on your employer, how long you have been employed, and the laws in your state. Check the FMLA law in you state and compare it with what your employer offers.

bkchic |

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We get three 3mos in Jamaica once you've been with the company over a year without break.

Peta23 |

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I get 5 weeks off, unpaid with no benefits. If I have a C-section I can take 3 months off. And I didn't expect to get pregnant so I don't have short term disability.

Sippen |

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If you can stay at home. The first 2 years of your babies life is crucial, and even though you think you have an amazing daycare. nothing compares to momma :) so cute back and stay home :)

jmorri8 |

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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney offers 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. I'm a very lucky girl.

Katie52008 |

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Since I'm a student I only get the time that I am on break. If the baby is early or on time we will be okay, but if he/she is late then I may only get 3 weeks. Not sure how we are going to work out daycare. Hoping that DH can take off to stay with the baby! : /

mcbutler23 |

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The company I work for authorizes 6 weeks maternity leave with pay and all benefits. Also, should I want to extend my time, I can add on my actual chargeable vacation days. They also sponsor 10 days of paternity leave with full pay and benefits that does not count against his vacation time. I love my job!

norvelln |

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I have to admit reading all these reviews I would be so happy to get even 6 weeks. I work for a Danish company that only gives their US employees 2 weeks maternity leave. I am clearly quitting since 2 weeks is not enough time and in Denmark they give up to a year. Very unfair that is their policy.

puni1 |

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I'm getting 3 months off at 60% pay. (In US) I have to pay the same insurance premium that would come out of my normal paycheck...so no change there. I haven't told my boss my plans yet though. I really like the idea of streching out the last month...taking an extra day or two off every week for a while. I want to try to find some other ladies here that have taken maternity leave recently, before I give my final answer.

BrainyBelle |

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well to me 3 months isnt enough time for a newborn. But thats the most decently time someeone should have off. sad to say im having twins,s i had to leave my job @ 3 months because of all the trouble this pregency was given me. My job is now holding my postion(wich iam soooo thankful for)and after i have the babies i have 1 month off instead of 3. So im taken adventage now!!!!

TruN |

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You know what ladies? Other countries DO have good, but that doesn't mean that we have to suck it up and deal with this poor treatment of one of the nation's most valuable assets: the family unit. Currently, the US ranks below all other developed nations in terms of its maternity / paternity leave and consideration of the family unit. US parents are treated at the same rate as third-world nations, in one of the worlds richest countries. What a huge disparity that needs to be addressed. We need to demand change, and that change needs to come from the top down. Our nation's legislative branch has been dropping the ball and catering to the wrong people for far too long. We need to prove that we need to be respected both as parents and as a vital part of the economy. The longer that they neglect our needs, the more the country spirals downward. We are an enormous percentage of the population, and we have strength in our numbers. Organizing together to produce a protest would show the world that it is about time the US begins to treat the parents of future generations in a better, more respectable way. I would like to know, how many people would be willing to be a part of something, to organize and make positive changes in the face of what we've been given for family and maternity leave? This is your chance to do more than just complain, but to actually do something about it. Making real change is never easy, but it is always worth the effort. PM me if you want to do more.

awesomeartist |

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I've been on medical disability since week 5 due to severe hyperemesis gravidarum. I am now 28 weeks and planning to go back to work next week. I live in CA and work as an RN at a hospital. I've been told I've used up all my FMLA and will have only 4 weeks of maternity leave. I was too sick to do my own research on my maternity leave rights and too sick to understand my HR lady who was little help in explaining things to me. My question is, can they use up my FMLA BEFORE I give birth? Do they run it concurrently with state disability? I've been on disability related to pregnancy for 5 months why would that use up my maternity leave before I give birth and leave me with almost nothing postpartum?

rociorn |

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The US sucks in regards to maternity leave. And they wonder why our children are behind etc., well they force the mother basically to return to work before there really and the children suffer

Anishadvs |

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I'm finding that the great ol USA, who claims to be the greatest country on the planet, isn't all that great when it comes to having some heart for new mommy's. I work at my OB's office (where they claim I'm an excellent employee btw) and I am expected to pay the entire $1500 deductible required by my insurance (thats through the hospital where I'll be delivering!). In addition to that, I don't qualify for FMLA and one of the HR people told me to my face that I can take a leave of absence but not to expect to have a job when my maternity leave is over. Even if I were to only take the 6 weeks my doc will require me to be off work, that doesn't matter to them! After all the jokes that Americans make about other countries, seems to me that we need to applaud them on having some love and concern for their people.

tadeardorff |

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FYI, it's NOT helpful for a working mother to hear that she should "cut back" and not go back to work. FOr some people work is not an option!!!!

vschrooten |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I work for a large corporation and they automatically give me 6 weeks short term disability at 60% pay, then an optional 12 additional weeks unpaid baby bonding time (through FMLA). But I'm sure they will find some way to screw it up for me as they always do.

shanabp |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I get 2 weeks...

LAmother2012 |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I get 3wks before my due date if no complications (im a nurse and on my feet 12hrs per shift so that sucks!) then 6-8 weeks paid based on delivery. I have some vacation and sick time saved up so i can take that as well. Im taking the full 12wks FMLA without too as i also have my own short term disability and should be able to budget through those weeks with a little savings i have...can't believe how much better it is in other countries though!

shygirl3 |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I get as MUCH time as I want (my employer honestly doesn't care), but seeing as I work full time in a coffee shop, that means 1.) I have ZERO benefits (had to get on state benefits), 2.) work until I literally cannot stand on my own two feet anymore, because 3.) I have to take a HUGE chunk of the tip money I make, and save up for my own maternity leave! Think people are more generous to a pregnant woman ? Ha!! Think again! My SO us a veteran and full time student on the G.I bill, you think the government pays him any more for having a baby? Nope! On top of that, he doesn't even get to spend a WEEK with our little girl when she's born, seeing as if he doesn't go to school, even for this, he doesn't get paid AT ALL. Nice way to pay back the vets, huh? So far, I have enough saved up for a TOTAL of four weeks leave, that includes the time before she's born too.

Screamertree |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

What is the shortest amount of time you can take for maternity leave? I really am not looking forward to missing 6 weeks of work. I was wondering if you can take less time off or if that is what doctors will require?

Sarita7690 |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I just found out I am pregnant and am starting a new job Nov 5. I am Due June 8. Does anyone know if I will be entitled to any time off? (since i won't be there quite a year...)

preggohoar |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

In Ireland a pregnant woman is entitled to 26 weeks(6 months) paid maternity leave by the government but she has to have worked a minimum of 39 weeks in the 12 months before the birth, payment is around €200 a week & will be higher if your pay is above a certain threshold

VivienLovesEddie |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

Help! I work for local government. We have less than 50 employees so FMLA doesn't exist here. I am technically part time which means no benefits. However, six months ago someone quit and they have never replaced them, instead I have been working 40 hours a week on a temporary basis. I was told it was temporary and that the boss wasn't sure what the plan was. I am hoping and praying that they make me FT before I have to tell them I am pregnant. I am on my husbands insurance, so maternity leave is my only concern really. I can't afford to take off a bunch of time, unpaid. Any experience or suggestions?

lousiestivers |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

For the company I work for (Retail pharmacy) I get 6 weeks. I plan on taking 8 weeks off. Also just so I can have more time with the baby my last working day will be 3 days before the due date. I've also been with my company 13 years in april.

MaybeMab |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I remember my sister-in-law, when she had submitted her maternity leave, she decided she should have this one last personal development journey just to put a beautiful end to an important phase in her life and to get ready for a even more important one. I think, above all procedures and paperwork, all future moms should take a moment like this for themselves.

conquerer |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

My questions were answered by discussing my maternity leave with my company's HR benefits specialist. You need to look at Protected Time separately from Pay time. For example, FMLA Protected Time is 12 weeks. In Washington we also have FLA Protected Time, which is 12 weeks and begins after a Disability Period. The Disability Period starts at the beginning of FMLA and runs for 6 weeks (natural birth) or 8 weeks (c-section). So in total, the Protected Time is 12 weeks (FLA) plus 6-8 weeks Disability (protected by FMLA), totaling 18-20 weeks, beginning at the Date of Birth (or Date of Disability). So that would be the time I am "allowed" to take off, regardless of whether I am paid for that time. Separately I need to figure out if and how I am paid for that time off. My company pays for 8 weeks and also has 4 weeks Short Term Disability, which doesn't kick in until a 14-day elimination period. So the first 2 weeks are paid by my company's Parental Leave, the next 4 weeks are paid by Short Term Disability, and then I have 6 more weeks of Parental Leave. The remaining 6-8 weeks of Protected Time, if I choose to take that time off as well, are paid first by my accrued Sick Leave, and then it comes out of my Annual Leave (vacation). If I don't use up all of my Sick Leave, I cannot use it beyond the Protected Time without a doctor's note saying I'm still sick... after the Protected Time is exhausted, any time off is all normal "vacation" time that has to get approved by my boss, and is not protected by FMLA. Time taken off BEFORE the birth of the child comes out of my Annual Leave, unless I have a doctor's note saying that I have to take that time off, in which case, it falls under Sick Leave or begins the Short Term Disability period (depends on the circumstances).

Avalyn |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I have worked for my company for 6 years. We are sufferers of the economic downturn (though it would appear my bosses are still living quite well off) & we are currently under 15 employees. Our handbook says it under the discretion of management whether they will approve us getting short term disability providing you give ample time & of course, we have to use all of our sick and vacation first...I don't think that will be a problem, I am left with two weeks currently. I can tell you I sure as heck am not returning to work after two weeks, but this is a main worry for my hubby & I...how are we paying bills should my normally heartless employer decide she would rather go on a few more vacations than allow me time with my family to heal and care for them. It is a very sticky wicket modern mothers have been placed into...there are definitely days I would much rather be Ward Cleaver's wife, lol.

autumnsweater |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

It depends on the state you reside in as well. Disability covers the 4 weeks prior to delivery, if your doctor signs off for you to take this time, and it then covers 6 weeks for vaginal delivery, and 8 weeks for c-section. FMLA (California) allows for baby bonding time. It depends on your employer, I believe your company needs to have 50 or more employees and they are required to allow this time to you. each company may have their own policys as well, ex: being employed at least a year.

roxychik |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

Well, I work for local (County) govt. in CA, and the way it works here is we have to take off a mandatory 6 weeks (vaginal delivery) or 8 weeks (c-section). Because of that, we are allowed 8 weeks of 65% pay. We also get another 6 weeks of 50% pay. That is only allowed to be used, though, if we used up all of our sick time first. We can also use our vacation time if we want to get 100% of our pay when we are off. FMLA allows up to 3 months of unpaid leave, but there's no way I can afford to do that since I am the primary income for our household. I have saved up enough vacation and sick time that I can take 2 months off completely paid. I think it sucks that I have to take my own time, and I think it sucks that I won't have a lot of vacation/sick time left when I return to work. We don't have short-term disability (really, we don't have many disability options at all), so my only option would've been to pay extra for outside insurance to cover that, and I couldn't afford to have that taken out of my pay, so I didn't do it. Hopefully, I can work until my water breaks, and get the maximum amount of time off with my baby. I think the maternity leave policies in the U.S. are abhorrant, and only a working mom can understand how it feels to make a conscious decision to have a child when you know you won't be there 4-5 days a week.

sophie832 |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

I am from South Africa and even here our basic conditions of employment are better than those explained in the US. We are entitled to 3 months paid leave, unpaid up to 4 months but covered by social security. We are entitled to 1 month prior and 2 months after, however, most companies in South Africa offer benefits to employers that include 4-6 months paid leave. So much for 3rd world I guess. Canada's benefits are awesome, they are the best read thus far

ulfahb |

Q&A: How much maternity leave?

here in Canada, we're entitled to a full year, with benefits, and the security that you can return to your job without penalties. however, the government benefits aren't really enough to live on, so i'm only planning to take 3-6 months.

albechan |