- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2016
So I’ve always wondered. Socially do you get major side eye in Canada if you decide not to take a year of maternity leave? Would that be considered odd? Like, what if you only wanted 3 months off?… would your fellow mom’s & coworkers judge you?
Another option is both parents taking the parental leave concurrently. If you do that, both parents would need to go back to work before the year mark. A friend of mine did this so her and her husband could both be off th first two months of the baby’s life. She was only off for 10 months as a result.
I took off exactly 4 weeks before my due date (DD was born the day after my due date). That’s the earliest I could leave and be paid by the state of California. I’m so glad I did. It was July and super hot and it was nice to lounge around in just a bra and shorts all day and be able to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes (DD’s head was on my bladder the last 8 weeks or so). I had a long list of things I wanted to get done, and made it through about half, just because I was being so lounge-y 🙂
It’s also extremely difficult to find child care for a very young infant where I am. It’s hard to find a centre who will take them at less than a year. But at 3 months? It’d be very difficult and expensive. Private care/nannys/dayhomes would be different. But its still unusual for a 3 month old to be in a group care situation where I’m from.
There are lots of professions where people don’t take the full year (my doctor is only taking 3 months). And self employed persons don’t qualify for the full year through EI unless they’ve paid into it for a long while before (ie: you can’t just start paying into EI when you’re pregnant to get your leave.) So they often go back to work before the year is up.
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