(Closed) How much time are you taking/did you take for maternity leave?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

My company gives me 12 weeks and I plan on taking those 12 weeks. I wish I had more but what can I do?  Guess I’m going to have to be okay with 12 weeks.

Post # 4
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

im taking 6 months, without pay check, to be with my baby, i stop working in july, my baby is only 2 months old, i had  a complicated pregnancy and now i want to enjoy my baby.

she is going to an early development baby gym, and im taking care of her!!! baby can take all your time. 


to make a decision on how long should you take, you have to consider te kind of job that you have, the options tahat your boss gives you, the time you want to spend with baby and household $$$$, sometimes is not easy to just stop working for months, leaving your partner all the bill payments

Post # 5
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m taking 12 weeks.  Darling Husband was going to take 4 weeks after my 12, so the baby could stay home longer, but now that’s up in the air.  I would really rather not put the baby in daycare until she’s 6 months, but that doesn’t really seem to be an option for us unfortunately. 

@MissDareDevil: That’s totally nutso.  There are federal laws entitling you to much more than 2 weeks off, so maybe you need to politely explain that to your boss.  I can’t imagine being ready to go back to work at 2 weeks.  Maybe with a second child when you already have the whole baby thing down, but certainly not with a firstborn.

Post # 6
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MissDareDevil: I always thought that 2 weeks was considered like a legal minimum, for both Mum and baby’s sake? Why the hell did they only take 7 days?? That’s nuts! I mean she could of still been healing by then!

Quick question, people who plan a maternity of less that 6 weeks, what happens if they end up having a c-section? My auntie had to have one and was told it was 6 weeks recovery from the operation,  I.e before she could exercise, lift a basket of laundry etc.

Post # 7
42 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

I took off 4 months 6 weeks paid disability and 6 weeks baby bonding the rest i used my accrued vacation/sick time. I think you can take off up to a year for baby bonding but you only get paid 6weeks. if i have another one i will only take 12 weeks it was very hard financially to take that much time off but sooo worth it!

Post # 8
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had 13 months with my son.   In Canada, you get 12 months off at half your pay (55% to to a certain amount.)   Then, my union gave me 30 days of full pay.

Post # 9
7340 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I took 9 weeks with one daughter and 10 weeks with the second.  I would not have been ready to go back before 6 weeks.  In fact, for my job, I needed clearance from my doctor to go back to work full time.

Post # 10
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

@skibobrown: Federal law in the US depends on how many people are working at the company. If the company has less than 50 employees, then they’re exempt from FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). 

@MissDareDevil: Definitely check to see what your company’s policy is on disability, maternity and the like. It’s surprising to hear that his last employee only took 7 days. Again, it all depends on how large the company is, but if it’s larger than 50 people, you’re entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per FMLA. 

Post # 11
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I am only taking 9 weeks, unfortunately. I get 8 and am using my week of sick time. That’s awful that your boss would say that to you. 

Post # 12
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Where do you work? I can’t believe that an employer would expect you to only take a max of 2 weeks. That’s ridiculous.

The Family Medical Leave Act, under most circumstances, legally requires your employer to give you 12 weeks of unpaid leave. If you have sick time, etc… you can use that. In NY I also got 6 weeks of disability.

I took 12 weeks. Baby T went 10 days past his due date and I continued to work until he was born, so I had maximum time with him after.


Post # 13
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My last day of work is about 3 weeks before LO is due (using up vacation time and personal days before I start mat leave), then I’ll be off for 12 months at 55% of my current rate of pay which is standard in Canada.

Post # 14
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Like prettylizy, I am also a Canadian who (when I get KU) will be taking my full 52 week leave at 55% pay plus top up from my work. The only thing that sucks is that I have to pay into my supplementary health care program instead of the firm covering it like when I work.

Still, us Canadians have a pretty good deal!

Post # 15
69 posts
Worker bee

I had 6 months off, a combination of vaca, sick & LWOP. I loved spending that time w my baby.  2 weeks is definitely not enough time to bond or recover for that matter esp if u have a c-section…

Hopefully w numero dos (not preggars or ttc) I can do a full year…wish I lived in Canada…lol

Post # 16
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We get 8 weeks in NY State and 12 under FMLA. My firm is under 50 so we legally get 8 weeks and that’s all I’m taking.

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