Maternity leave decision: help!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
3237 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think it all depends one whether your family will be fine without that income for three months. If you won’t be put in a tough spot then I would just take the three months without pay and have fifteen months of leave.

Post # 4
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Not sure what I would do (sorry) but I have a question- your 11 weeks after your year, would that be all your leave for sick/vacaton time?  or would you have additional time available if your babies needed you to take additional time (day here or there, or a week) in case they got sick (assuming you go back to work).  I wouldn’t take the 11 weeks, if that was all I got, but if you would have additional time available if you needed it, then take it!  If you aren’t going back at all, do you have benefits that you get that you would need to be employed for (healthcare, retirement, education)- if you do, then I might take the unpaid time, but if not, there really doesn’t seem to be a reason to take the unpaid time first- right? 

Post # 6
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@UK Bride:  If you’re having twins and debating not going back at all… take the extra time off including the 3 months unpaid 🙂

Post # 7
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think I’ll be moving to the UK with that kind of maternity offer!  I’m lucky I get 4 weeks paid.

My SIL had twins 2 years ago.  She still isn’t back to work full time.  After about a year, she started back part time working from home.  Her hands are constantly full with the twins, that I don’t think she’s planning to go back full time until they start kindergarten.  But the trade off is that she’s not paying for daycare, which offsets what she’s not making working full time.

Could you wait and decide closer to the end of the first 9 months?  You would have a better idea of schedule and how life with twins will be to know if you need/want the extra 3 months.  Just another thought – my SIL had to take bed rest 2 months before her scheduled C-section date.  You may want to factor some extra time just in case for something like that and save your vacation time to put towards it.  Not saying that will be you, but you never know.

Post # 8
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Do you have to make a decision ahead of time? I would prefer to wait until the babies are 6 months old and see how things are going at that point.

Post # 9
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can you not take the 11 weeks paid, then ask for an unpaid LOA for more time if you decide you are not ready to return to work

Post # 11
1760 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would do the 15 months. I’m 6 days in on a 12 week maternity leave and already wishing it could be longer. Can your family survive without your income for 3 months though?

Post # 12
9092 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think in your case it would be smart take take the 15 months.  If you’re thinking about not going back, that three months would be a good time to figure out if the finances can handle being a one income family, and if you can’t, then you have three months of paid leave to come to grips with the idea of going back to work.  If you decide to stay off, you can bank 3 months pay for an emergency.


Post # 14
5533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

If you can afford the three months off, take the 15 months off!!

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