(Closed) Another maternity leave question.

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: how much time?!
    You should only take 6 weeks of maternity leave (plus the 4 weeks before due date) : (0 votes)
    8 weeks is usually enough time (plus the 4 weeks before due date) : (5 votes)
    22 %
    You will def need 10 weeks to adjust and bond (plus the 4 weeks before due date) : (18 votes)
    78 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have not taken maternity leave yet so I don’t know if 10 weeks will be enough. However, I will tell you most people in NY State only get 8 weeks. And that’s all I’m going to take even though I do want to take more!

    I think being that you are the only person that can do your job and they will be hiring someone else to do your job 14 weeks is a lot of time to request. That’s basically 3 months. A quarter of a year. Even though you are entitled to the 4 weeks prior why not not take that or reduce that down to 1 week and take 9 weeks after birth. That way you are still only taking the 10 weeks you are allotted. So you’re not requesting more time off than you are legally given.

    That’s just how I would personally approach it.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

    Honestly, I’m not sure why you would have to take 4 weeks off before the baby unless you’re put on bed rest. I think it would be much more appropriate for you to ask for the time off after baby arrives- you’ll want it more then too!

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee

    I agree with the PP.  Don’t take off the 4 weeks before.  Unless you’re on bedrest there is no reason for it.  You’ll just be sitting around waiting for the baby to come.   Work until you deliver and then aim for 10-12 weeks off after the baby.  If the partners are parents themselves hopefully they can understand your desire to bond with your child.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    If you’re in CA, and you’re paying into the state SDI system (which I assume you are because you referenced both SDI and PFL in your post), you are entitled to:

    • 4 weeks short term disability pay taken before your due date (most doctors will sign off on this)
    • 6 weeks short term disability pay after the baby is born for a vaginal delivery OR 8 weeks short term disability pay for a c-section
    • 6 weeks “bonding leave” pay for a new child

    The state system pays about 60% wages (up to a certain max, I’d have to look up the exact amount) per week of leave with both SDI and PFL.  Most people I know will coordinate their SDI and PFL benefits with paid time off so they’re making a full paycheck while collecting SDI and PFL.

    Otherwise, if you do not pay into the state system and you are just referencing the CA Family Rights Act, you have the option of taking 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave, per year, per incident.  You can take the leave at any point during post-partum for “baby bonding”, but there are some limitations in terms of minimum amount of leave taken at a time.

    Are you the only administrative person for the entire company?  Or is there an HR person (even if he/she is at a different branch) that you can talk to?  A CA HR rep is really the best person to guide you through the process, if someone is available.

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @JustlikeHeaven:  I think 10 weeks sounds pretty average.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Hopefully, that baby is punctual!

    Post # 9
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Girls, I don’t mean to sound ignorant here, but do women in the United States really just get 6-10 weeks and then have to return to work?  Are there any other options to stay off for longer?

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Juliepants:

    YES! ๐Ÿ™ US Healthcare system sucks especially maternity leave policy. ๐Ÿ™

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Oh….my God!  I really did not know that.  In Canada, you get a whole year of 55% of your pay (to a limit of $411 per week) from the government, plus whatever you get from your employer if you’re lucky enough to have that (I’m not but the 55% is decent on it’s own).  That stinks!  Come move up here!!

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Juliepants:

    I’m 30 minutes over the border and I’ve thought about it to have my child! hahhaha

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    @regberadaisy: Lol, I would think about it, too!

    I feel dumb, but I’m really shocked.  I’m not a Mom yet, but all my friends are up here crying about having to leave their babies after a year….they probably don’t realize either!

    Post # 15
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    7605 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Sorry to threadjack, OP – I voted for the 10 weeks.  I hope you can get as much time as you’re allowed!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I am going back to work this coming Monday, which will be 10 weeks.  I would not take 4 weeks off prior- I would have been soooo bored just waiting… and what if you are 2 weeks late?  I feel good about going back at 10 weeks, 6 weeks would not have been enough for me.

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