(Closed) Moms who work outside of the home: How much time are you taking off?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m due the same time as you and planning on taking 12 weeks and coming back right after the new year, too. I will get 8 weeks paid by my company for required c-section, then use 2 weeks vacation, then take about 2 weeks unpaid.

Post # 4
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m due at the same time as well and will probably go back to work after Christmas as well. I may go in to work occassionally in December to help out, but I won’t be working full time.

Post # 5
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I took 10 weeks of maternity leave.  I had 7 weeks paid, 2 weeks vacation, and took 1 week unpaid.

It worked out just fine and I was ok going back to work.  I had my daughter in a private state registered daycare for 3 days (just 2 other kids at the house) and grandma came over to our place to watch her the other 2 days of the week.

Post # 6
2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I just found out that I only get 6 weeks paid off.  So as of right now that’s all I plan on taking.  It breaks my heart, but I dont have any other choice.

Post # 7
7778 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I took 9 weeks with one daughter and 10 weeks with the second. 

Post # 8
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@panterapeach:  This makes me sad 🙁 That’s a bummer!

OP, it’s technically not “work”, but semester classes start up a week after our LO is born and I’m planning on attending class. Darling Husband will be able to stay at home while I’m in class and I’ll be able to do the same while he’s in class. I hate the thought of being away from our little gir, but at least it is only a couple hours a day!

Post # 10
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m taking the maximum I can, which is 12 weeks. It will all be paid, between “extended illness time” and “short term disability”.

I would REALLY like to be a Stay-At-Home Mom, but we can’t afford it. 🙁

Post # 11
1306 posts
Bumble bee

Not pregnant, but my company doesn’t offer ANY paid maternity leave.  So, whenever Darling Husband and I do TTC, I’ll only take 6 weeks off, probably using 2 weeks of vacation time and 4 weeks unpaid.  This is also part of the reason we are waiting to have a baby – we need to save up $ for that month that I’m out of work :-

Post # 12
5976 posts
Bee Keeper

@NJLauren122: Due around the same time and will be coming back after the new year as well which is about 12 weeks. I’ll only get paid for about half of that, but it’s important to me that I take the full 3 months.

Post # 13
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went back to work part-time after 8 weeks (full time at 12 weeks) with our first. For the second baby I plan on taking 12 weeks.

Post # 14
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m due mid-August, and I plan to return to work at the beginning of January.  I’m a teacher, so I figured that returning after Christmas break would work well.  I’ll only get 6-8 weeks of it paid, though.

Post # 15
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I took 7 months, I think I would have been ok after 4 but I loved being able to take such a long leave! I  honestly can’t imagine taking less than 3 months and it breaks my heart for women who don’t have the option.  Our country is so meessed up in that regard…..

Post # 16
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I guess hearing from a Canadian won’t make any of you feel better……

I will be off for 14 months….. 12 months mat and a month before and a month after of vacation, vacation is full/normal pay and maternity time is topped up to 97% pay for the duration by my employer. I know I will be SO lucky to have this time off and will really value each day.

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