Post # 1
I was planning on taking 6 weeks. I have read that some people on here are planning on taking as much as 16 weeks.
My boss told me today that his last employee who took maternity leave only took 7 days, and he was only expecting me to take 2 weeks at the most. That kind of caught me off guard.
What are you planning on?
Post # 3
My company gives me 12 weeks and I plan on taking those 12 weeks. I wish I had more but what can I do? Guess I’m going to have to be okay with 12 weeks.
Post # 4
im taking 6 months, without pay check, to be with my baby, i stop working in july, my baby is only 2 months old, i had a complicated pregnancy and now i want to enjoy my baby.
she is going to an early development baby gym, and im taking care of her!!! baby can take all your time.
to make a decision on how long should you take, you have to consider te kind of job that you have, the options tahat your boss gives you, the time you want to spend with baby and household $$$$, sometimes is not easy to just stop working for months, leaving your partner all the bill payments
Post # 5
I’m taking 12 weeks. DH was going to take 4 weeks after my 12, so the baby could stay home longer, but now that’s up in the air. I would really rather not put the baby in daycare until she’s 6 months, but that doesn’t really seem to be an option for us unfortunately.
@MissDareDevil: That’s totally nutso. There are federal laws entitling you to much more than 2 weeks off, so maybe you need to politely explain that to your boss. I can’t imagine being ready to go back to work at 2 weeks. Maybe with a second child when you already have the whole baby thing down, but certainly not with a firstborn.
Post # 6
@MissDareDevil: I always thought that 2 weeks was considered like a legal minimum, for both Mum and baby’s sake? Why the hell did they only take 7 days?? That’s nuts! I mean she could of still been healing by then!
Quick question, people who plan a maternity of less that 6 weeks, what happens if they end up having a c-section? My auntie had to have one and was told it was 6 weeks recovery from the operation, I.e before she could exercise, lift a basket of laundry etc.
Post # 7
I took off 4 months 6 weeks paid disability and 6 weeks baby bonding the rest i used my accrued vacation/sick time. I think you can take off up to a year for baby bonding but you only get paid 6weeks. if i have another one i will only take 12 weeks it was very hard financially to take that much time off but sooo worth it!
Post # 8
I had 13 months with my son. In Canada, you get 12 months off at half your pay (55% to to a certain amount.) Then, my union gave me 30 days of full pay.
Post # 9
I took 9 weeks with one daughter and 10 weeks with the second. I would not have been ready to go back before 6 weeks. In fact, for my job, I needed clearance from my doctor to go back to work full time.
Post # 10
Federal law in the US depends on how many people are working at the company. If the company has less than 50 employees, then they’re exempt from FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act).
Definitely check to see what your company’s policy is on disability, maternity and the like. It’s surprising to hear that his last employee only took 7 days. Again, it all depends on how large the company is, but if it’s larger than 50 people, you’re entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per FMLA.
Post # 11
I am only taking 9 weeks, unfortunately. I get 8 and am using my week of sick time. That’s awful that your boss would say that to you.
Post # 12
Where do you work? I can’t believe that an employer would expect you to only take a max of 2 weeks. That’s ridiculous.
The Family Medical Leave Act, under most circumstances, legally requires your employer to give you 12 weeks of unpaid leave. If you have sick time, etc… you can use that. In NY I also got 6 weeks of disability.
I took 12 weeks. Baby T went 10 days past his due date and I continued to work until he was born, so I had maximum time with him after.
Post # 13
My last day of work is about 3 weeks before LO is due (using up vacation time and personal days before I start mat leave), then I’ll be off for 12 months at 55% of my current rate of pay which is standard in Canada.
Post # 14
Like prettylizy, I am also a Canadian who (when I get KU) will be taking my full 52 week leave at 55% pay plus top up from my work. The only thing that sucks is that I have to pay into my supplementary health care program instead of the firm covering it like when I work.
Still, us Canadians have a pretty good deal!
Post # 15
I had 6 months off, a combination of vaca, sick & LWOP. I loved spending that time w my baby. 2 weeks is definitely not enough time to bond or recover for that matter esp if u have a c-section…
Hopefully w numero dos (not preggars or ttc) I can do a full year…wish I lived in Canada…lol
Post # 16
We get 8 weeks in NY State and 12 under FMLA. My firm is under 50 so we legally get 8 weeks and that’s all I’m taking.