Quitting your job- before or after maternity leave?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2823 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@lollypop:  I’ve never gone through this, but I wouldn’t quit until after my maternity leave. At my job (this year alone) we’ve had 4 girls go on maternity leave and not come back because they decided to be stay at home moms. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that and most employers understand.

Post # 4
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@lollypop:  I am not pregnant, but i would wait until AFTER. Especially if you have paid materinity leave… I would use it up since it was earned

Post # 5
6948 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@lollypop:  I get not wanting to burn a bridge with your employer, but if you’re moving shortly after your maternity leave is over you can’t really help that. I would absolutely NOT quit before maternity leave. You can go back to work for a few weeks if you want or just call during the end of your leave and tell them because of the baby, you’ve decided to move. Things change when you have a kid, employers understand this. 

Post # 6
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you are a US bee: You want to be careful if you are going to go on maternity leave and not return, if you have insurance through your employer.  When filling out my FMLA paper work I was told that if I were to take maternity leave and not return that I would owe the employer’s contribution to my insurance, which can add up to a pretty penny.  Make sure you read through everything carefully before you make your decision.

Post # 7
562 posts
Busy bee

I think I would be really cautious about leaving right after maternity leave (assuming its paid leave), but only because i would be afraid of burning that bridge and therefore losing them as a future reference or things like that.


That being said, if it’s a situation where you went on maternity leave and then decided you wanted to quit and be a SAHM, that is pretty understandable. If the word gets out that you were planning it, I don’t know how everyone would take it, of course.But then if you give them plenty of notice while on your maternity leave, to explain that you are leaving, and so that they have plenty of time to hire someone else it would not be terrible. It all depends on your job, your boss, what the atmosphere is like there, etc. 


Gah. I’m no help, I’m sorry. Basically, just be aware how you go about it so that your boss doesn’t think you just wanted to get maternity leave and then leave to screw them over, especially if your maternity leave is all paid leave and you might need to use them as a reference for a different job one day. 


Post # 8
661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you’re getting another job then maybe before… But if you are going to be a stay at home mom then after… We had a girl leave a few weeks after her mat leave was done… It just seemed like she came back and was overwhelmed or had new priorities but no one blamed her…

i will be looking for a new job after my mat leave… If I can find someone who will take me now and is okay with the pregnancy I will leave before the baby comes… We desperately want to be closer to family…

Post # 9
3032 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@BookaholicBee:  +1

I posted about this a month or so back.  I would quit before any paid leave in order to be on good terms. I also think if you work in an office of 50 people they might not care if you don’t return (or be happy for you,) but if I did that at my job with just 4 of us I would be hated and not given a good reference.  

Most jobs you will be covered under your insurance until the end of the month, for example I am making my last day Dec 1st (due 1.11.14) to ensure I have health insurance through Dec 31st.  Also if you are not due until next year the ACA might help you pay for reasonable insurance.  We were over income to qualify and private insurance (which is comparable to the one from work) came out to $460/month for roughly $3500 in total out of pocket to get us from Jan1st on.

Post # 11
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I can;t imagine any scenario where I would give up benefits I had earned. You have earned your Mat Leave.

It is not uncommon for employees to fully intend to return to return to work before they leave on their Mat leave, then change their minds once the baby is born,.

Make sure you are familiar with the terms of your employment. If you would have to repay anything if you don’t return to work, see if that is worth it to you. You may want to return to work for just long enough to fill the requirements.

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