(Closed) When to go on maternity leave?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

So. In Canada do you get a year paid time off?

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m due February 23rd and my last day is scheduled the 24th but I’ll probably be working from home the last week or two. If I happen to go early I’ll use my sick time. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m also going to be a Stay-At-Home Mom and worked until 27/28 weeks or so. Still nannying a bit, but I LOVE geting nursery ready, cooking for hubby, having more “me” time, naps, knitting, time with fam….. I was working at a running store and that was killing my back. eh.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee

I’m still working at 37 weeks but plan to leave soon as they have hired my replacement. I can go on sick leave until baby is born so I can get my full year in. However, I would work up until I felt uncomfortable as your leave time does not matter  in the end

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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jannigirl :  yep. up to $2200/month for a year. you need to have worked for 8 months pre-leave to qualify.

Healthcare is free in canada so that’s not a worry, and some companies keep up your benefits.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m only 14 weeks right now but trying to figure this out too. I’m American, so no paid leave other than my sick time, but I have a decent amount. I’m also a teacher and my baby is due 5 weeks before summer starts and I can take up to 12 weeks total. I was planning on working up til the Friday before my Tuesday due date, but now I’m wondering if I should take off a week earlier than that. I can’t really just see how I feel because I have to arrange my substitute and I really need to do that now! 

Post # 22
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Newbee

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jannigirl :  yes, we get paid maternity leave for a year but it is likely less than what you would regularly make. I could be wrong about this but I think it’s something like 60 percent up to a certain amount.

Some employers top up the difference for some or all of the year. I’m a teacher so my board tops up the difference for 8 of the 12 months I believe so for 4 months I’ll be making less. And I have to pay for my pension during that time off or I will get less when I retire.

Post # 23
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Newbee

I’m going to try to work as long as I can, but I will probably want to have at least a week or two before the baby to relax and prepare.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

snowflake8 :  I worked up past my due date (41 weeks), but I live in America and only have a tiny maternity leave. If I had a year, I totally would have taken off a few weeks before my due date becasue working wasn’t that much fun.

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i was planning to work until the baby was born.  at 36 week, i went into the hospital for a non stress test.  they told me i was having contractions, the baby was in a little distress, the admitted me and i never left until after the baby was born. 

when i went in that morning (a thursday), i assured my boss i would be back later that day, then the next day, then on monday.  nope. didn’t go back to work until 15 weeks later.

Post # 26
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Worker bee

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tearex :  That’s great you get top up! I haven’t had a child yet, but something I’m looking for in my next job will be a mat leave top up, even just to 80 per cent is better than I currently have!

It’s 55 per cent to a maximum of $485 per week base, for everyone, if your work doens’t top you up. My coworkers (with no top up) said it’s not as dramatic of a pay cut as it seems becuase of combinations of tax credits and the like. You get this for up to 52 weeks. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m Canadian and my last day before mat leave is tomorrow (wahoo!). I’ll be 38+2. I’m feeling great. I have a week and half of vacation before my due date. Different situation as I plan on going back to work. I do have more vacation I can use but I rather bank it for when I return to either extend my leave or vacation with my little family. I think I would have went crazy being off for 3 weeks without a baby but I do see the appeal. Especially the extra sleep! 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m Canadian.  I’ll be returning to work, but I’m going off just before I hit 36 weeks.  Maybe 34.  My job gets to be too much at the end and I want to spend some time with my little guy before his sibling arrives.  I’ll come back with 4 weeks of vacation to take, so I can add some to my mat leave to get me to the first birthday if I want.  

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m in Australia and a teacher – my board says I have to leave 6 weeks before due date for Mat Leave.

Post # 30
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Busy bee

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tearex :  what province are you in? Top up for teachers in ON is only 8 weeks (not months). I would love to have 8 months!

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