(Closed) USA working moms: how much maternity leave?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll:
    Less than 12 weeks : (38 votes)
    48 %
    12 weeks : (30 votes)
    38 %
    More than 12 weeks : (11 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I work for a large company and we only get to use 6-8 weeks paid of our sick leave (I get 2 weeks of sick leave a year, so I’d have to save for several years) towards maternity. If we’ve saved annual leave we can use that too. The max I’m allowed to be out though is 12 weeks.

    PS it’s 6 weeks for a regular delivery, 8 for a c section. Also, considering you only get 12 weeks for a baby, my doctor’s appointments beforehand come out of that 12 weeks too.

    Post # 4
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I took 8 weeks off after having my baby.

    Post # 5
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    4695 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ll be lucky if I get two weeks off. Sigh.

    Post # 7
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    3375 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If your boss is researching and comes back with a low number, tell him that doctors won’t clear you before 6 weeks for a regular delivery, 8 for a c section. Sometimes guys don’t understand these things and think you only need a week or two to recover…

    Post # 8
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    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Yeah, if I had a baby at my current company, I’d be screwed. Only 15 people, so no FMLA coverage and I’m the only female employee in the history of the company, so no maternity policy was ever put in place. I’d probably just have to use all my vacation time I can save up and then go on short term disability for a few weeks. Since my boss loves me to death, I’d most likely get 4 weeks after my vacation time runs out and consider myself EXTREMELY lucky.

    Post # 9
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    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    @sailor:  When the time comes, I’ll ask for 12 weeks.  My boss has said before that he’ll “work” with me beings there is no set policy.  I work in a very small office, so having one person out of the office would be a pain in the butt, so I plan on working something out where I’ll work from home for 12 weeks, and therefore not have to go that whole time w/out an income.

    Post # 10
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    12569 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My office is 8 weeks for a vaginal birth, 10 weeks for a c-section, and the option to use as much of your PTO after.

    Post # 11
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    1330 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I believe in my state (NJ) I qualify for temporary disability.  For normal preganancy, i can claim disability benefits (with doctor certifying i am unable to work) for up to 4 wks prior to delivery and up to 6 wks after delivery.  it can be longer if there are complications, or i have to get a c-section, etc.

    Post # 12
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    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My company offers FMLA leave of which I will be taking the full 12 weeks. Unfortunately, this will be unpaid minus my accrued vacation and sick time (which will amount to maybe one pay checks worth of money). It will be rough but we’re preparing for it now by putting extra money in savings.

    Post # 13
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    4356 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This makes me so sad :(. I wish I could share some of my maternity leave. It seems so mind blowing to me that people are returning to work only a few weeks after giving birth.

    Post # 15
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    2823 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I work for a large company and we get 12 weeks paid and we have the option to take additional time using our PTO or take it unpaid for 12 more weeks after that. So we can take a total of 6 months off.

    Post # 16
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    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I work for the federal gov, and we don’t “get” any maternity leave.  We can use the FMLA (take up to 12 weeks unpaid…which doesnt help pay my bills!), or take any sick/vacation leave we have saved up.  I’ve been saving up for awhile, and have a family member, who also works for the gov, who will donate some of her vacation time to me.  I’ll be taking 3 months.

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