(Closed) Maternity Leave – How much time off do you medically need after birth?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think standard is 6 weeks vaginal birth, 8 weeks for a c-section.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes 6 weeks is medical leave for vaginal delivery. I just did all this paperwork.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ellebeerob:  Has it correct standard is what she said. Though you can take up to 12 weeks maternity in the USA

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Sassygrn:  ONLY if you qualify for FMLA.  Which I don’t. 🙁 You have to work for a company with larger than 50 employees I believe and have worked there for over a year.  Which I haven’t. If you don’t qualify for FMLA, the company only has to let you take off the 6 weeks medical leave.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Mrs.D:  Yep you would get 6 weeks unpaid if you had a vag standard delivery and chose to take 12 weeks off. My son was born 7 weeks early. I originally had planned on taking only 6 weeks off but since he had to stay in the NCIU unit for almost 4 weeks I chose to take the full 12 weeks off.  I had six weeks with pay and 6 weeks without

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@travellingfool:  Yep, I know ( I work in the medical insurance area) FMLA for 50 plus employers. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just delt with this yesterday.  It does vary company by company.

In the USA – you’re legally given 12 weeks of FMLA leave.  That just guarantees your job at the same pay and position.  That does not mean you hav to be paid during that time.  There’s basically 2 things in play – FMLA leave and Maternity Leave/Short Term Disability.

Our short term disability company gives us 6 weeks of “maternity leave” – which starts from birth.  How much you get and how much is actually paid varies by your employer.  For instance, our STD insurance company says that the standard recovery time for both vaginal and c-section is only 6 weeks.  However, if the doctor gives the insurance company a medically necessary reason I can’t return to work and they approve it, then I’ll continue to get paid.  And, if for some reason, I have to go out before the baby is born, that’ll count as short term disability, but I’ll still get 6 weeks of maternity leave after the baby is born.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I worked a desk job. I went back to work when DS was 4 weeks old. I definitely could have gone back in 2, but I stuck to the original 4 weeks off plan because I was just so tired. It was a natural vaginal delivery, and I was up and functioning within an hour of DS being born.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

double post

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Mrs.D:  This is what you get in the US! That is pants. In the UK it is illegal for a woman to work in the 2 weeks following a birth. They are then entitled to a year off work (not all paid) but I would get about 6months off paid if I had a baby (3 months full pay and then 3 months on reduced.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I don;t qualify for maternity elave at my job. I go back on Monday, which is a day short of 3 weeks. Your body needs 6 weeks after a vaginal delivery to be back into normal working order, but if your job isn’t physically demanding, you are probably fine with less time.

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