How do you piece together a maternity leave? (with poll)

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What was your maternity leave solution and how long was your leave?
    Unpaid leave only : (11 votes)
    8 %
    Short term disability only : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Short term disability + some paid leave : (16 votes)
    12 %
    combination of paid and unpaid leave : (25 votes)
    19 %
    Other...I will tell you in the comments! : (8 votes)
    6 %
    < 6 weeks : (4 votes)
    3 %
    6 to 8 weeks : (12 votes)
    9 %
    12 weeks : (21 votes)
    16 %
    more than 12 weeks : (31 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 46
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    2662 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    MissBridge :  I haven’t read others’ comments but wanted to say your situation sounds just like mine when I had my Dear Daughter in 2015. I work at an engineering and architecture firm. I used PTO for the first 2 weeks wait period, then got 60% of my pay through short term disability for 4 weeks, then used PTO for another two weeks, and my HR let me split the remainder of my PTO for partial pay for a 9th week. After that I went back to work and baby went to daycare. I had no idea until I was almost done with maternity leave that my HR would be so flexible with me using my PTO and unpaid hours however I wanted. Next time I will try to take 10-12 weeks maternity and split my PTO pay and only get like 30 hours pay each week, but at least then there is still some money coming in and the pot is not drained so quickly. When the time comes, discuss this option with your HR.

    Post # 47
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    2166 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    As much time as you can afford is the right amount of time. I am team take the maximum IF POSSIBLE because I know how hard it is financially to take a lot of unpaid leave time. I took almost 11 weeks off, it was all paid and a various different kinds of leave. I used STD a week before my daughter was born, 8 weeks fully paid by my employer, and 2 weeks of vacation. 

    My company’s maternity/paternity leave has changed since I had my daughter, they give a full 12 weeks off and I’ll probably take an additional 2-3 weeks of vacation/sick time, I’m going to try to get to 16 weeks or as close as possible! 

    Post # 48
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    253 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Im planning to take sick leave 1 week prior to due date, company will pay 6 weeks (85% of base pay) after vaginal delivery, and I will take 7 weeks of vacation days ( I have been saving up!). So a total of 13 weeks after the baby arrives.

    Post # 49
    Member
    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Twizbe :  Yes, but it’s been difficult-especially with the current administration!

    Post # 50
    Member
    432 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I took a week of state-mandated sick time, three weeks of vacation, and eight weeks at 10% pay (to cover emails and some tasks that had to be completed while on leave). I had the option of paying into short-term disability, but based on how long I would have had to pay into it compared to what it would actually pay out, it didn’t make financial sense for me. It’s time for real parental leave in this country!

    Post # 51
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    381 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Westwood :  I agree 100% re: condescending posts from some foreigners on here. Sidenote – I used to live in Canada and most the wealthy people I knew would travel to America for surgeries due to its high quality healthcare services.

    That being said, I am very annoyed with America’s lack of adequate parental leave required by law.

    And I don’t think our healthcare system is perfect – far from it. 

    Post # 52
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    212 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    to the person who said:  “Not really sure why there can never be a thread without all the people gloating about their year long maternity leave. We get it. Our leave sucks balls. Thanks for reminding us!” +10000000

    and every other American who is frustrated by the above statement…

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    <div class=”bbpl_button_wrapper”>Sorry but I gotta reply to this! Yes, in Canada we are entitled to a year leave at 55% of our base salary… but ALSO in Canada, we pay very high taxes. At the lowest tax bracket, we are losing about 20% of our income to taxes. This percent goes up as your income goes up. Paying high taxes means that here in Canada, by the time we are pregnant, we likely have already funded our own mat leave, our own hospital stay, our own social services etc. Even if I never use a mat leave, or EI, or need to have a surgery etc, I am happy to contribute to the “pot” so that those who need it have this option. If I do wind up needing to use services that I’ve been paying into my whole life, well great! </div>
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    <div class=”bbpl_button_wrapper”>In the USA, the attitude around taxes boggles my mind. People are SO opposed to paying taxes even though taxes are what funds a society that takes care of its people. I think it’s ridiculous that the USA doesn’t provide a proper maternity leave or healthcare etc…. if you think that’s ridiculous too, then as a country, pay your taxes! Vote based on what kind of a society you want to have, not on who promises the lowest taxes. If US citizens refuse to pay high taxes, they have no right to complain about the services they refuse to fund. No taxes, no paid mat leave. Please don’t act like Canadians are just spoiled for having these things…we want it so we pay for it! </div>
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    <div class=”bbpl_button_wrapper”>Not trying to be argumentative, just offering food for thought 🙂 </div>
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    Post # 53
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    432 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    LoverFace2000 :  Your “food for thought” is not very helpful. You sound as if you are assuming that all Americans think the same way, which I’m sure you don’t actually believe. Plenty of Americans would happily pay higher taxes for better social services. I sure would. I know it’s getting drowned out in the news by all the ridiculousness of the current administration, but people ARE fighting for these things. 

    Post # 54
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    212 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    EmmaMae :  Oh I know there are plenty of reasonable Americans out there and that the reasonable people are not the ones making splashy headlines over here. I’m glad to hear that people are fighting for the opportunity to pay taxes to build the society that they deserve 🙂 

    Post # 55
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    432 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    LoverFace2000 :  Okay, sounds good. Just wanted to let you know it rubbed me the wrong way to hear that we just need to stop complaining because we don’t pay taxes when I and others are actually trying to change things. 

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