(Closed) How long is your ideal maternity leave?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

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Excited To Bee:  I would love to be a Stay-At-Home Mom but we can’t afford it. With my son I could only take 3 months off as I didn’t get any paid time off so we couldn’t afford any longer. If I have another baby I deffinitely want to take at least 6 months before coming back to work.

Post # 17
3327 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

In Canada we get 1 year. I think ideally 2 would be nice. I think france gets this?

I can’t imagine going back to work after 6 weeks or whatever the US has.

Post # 19
2164 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m in the US, California to be specific and between my company’s maternity leave policy and state provided leave, I can take up to 6 months off. I think I’m going to take somewhere around 5 because not all of the 6 months is paid 100%, it’s only a portion of your salary. Since this is my first, I don’t know how much time I ideally want, but I’d rather take as much as I can so I don’t regret going back to work too fast and missing time with my child. 

Post # 20
9773 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ideally I would have liked to stay home for maybe 6 months and then work part time, but I would have lost my position so I went back after about 10 weeks. I absolutely love being a mom but I don’t know that I’m cut out to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. I’m shitty at socializing so I feel like I would stunt her in that regard lol.

Post # 21
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I joke with H and tell him I want to be a Stay-At-Home Mom mom when our daughter is born. Thinking about it though, staying at home isn’t for me. I’m most likely taking my company’s full 20 weeks of maternity leave before going back to work full time.

Post # 22
3610 posts
Sugar bee

Ideally, a year to a year and a half. I would never expect the entire time to be paid leave and would just ask that my position be held open for when I return. My employer gives 18 months’ paid leave, which is incredibly generous, and I’m not sure how much unpaid leave. If I’m still at this job when I have a baby, I’ll take the full amount of paid and unpaid leave they offer, but it’ll probably be more like 6 to 8 months than a year.

Post # 23
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Three years would be perfect for me! I heard from my Russian friend that this is how they do things over there, and that most women start their careers covering another woman’s maternity leave. I wish we had something similar here!

I just put in my 30-day notice at my job, not just because I’m planning on staying home with the baby for a few years, but we have a move on the horizon, too! Lots of life changes ahead.

Post # 24
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - El Faro Convention center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Ideally we would win the lottery and both of us could stay home forever. 

Realistically, the maternity leave I’m going to take is pretty close to my ideal; though if we had more in savings I would have taken a longer unpaid leave up to the year the company offers. I’m taking a 9 month leave (16 weeks paid leave + 3 weeks vacation + 4 months unpaid leave) and then returning back to the office on a reduced schedule (80% – WFH 4 hrs on M and F, 8 hrs in the offcie T, W and TH)

Post # 25
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I was only able to take 6 weeks off with my first son and with my second I took 9 months. I would have loved being able to take 9 months off with my first one too but it wasn’t really an option at that time. I think  for me 9 months was great, luckly we do have family and close friends that help us when it comes to babysitting therefore I felt ok about going back to work.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by  luisas.
Post # 26
2134 posts
Buzzing bee

Ideally, I would be a Stay-At-Home Mom.  But I do work from home, so I will take 3 months off (unpaid).

Post # 27
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

IDK if I would want to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. I plan to take at least 10 to 12 weeks off when the baby is born. I would love to make it more, but I dont think we can afford too.  If I take anymore time then that it is unpaid and I have to send my employer a check for our helath coverage every two weeks. I work in a school so I work 7:30 to 2:30pm five days a week. So its really only 7 hours away from the baby. Less time in daycare cause DH works 9 to 5 and could drop the baby off later to daycare if need be. Thats and I love my job as tiring and stressful as it can be. 🙂 

Post # 28
1220 posts
Bumble bee

Ideally, I think I could be happy with 6-9 months off and then working 2 days a week from home and 3 days in the office. In NJ, we are allowed to take up to 18 weeks off (12 for FMLA and 6 for NJ parental bonding), and in my case, I’m very lucky if I do take the full 18 weeks, only 6 of it is unpaid, so I think we’ll do that. 

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