(Closed) When to go on maternity leave?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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tearex :  sounds a lot like the short-term sick/disability leave that I pay for through my work. It’s something like $10 a month. But when you get sick it pays 60% of your salary for an extended time. Though, technically, doctors typically allow you to return to work by 3 months. 

Post # 32
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Sugar bee
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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? 

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jannigirl :  you collect EI (employment insurance) for up to 12 months following the birth of your baby. Either parent can take the time (there is 17 weeks of maternity leave and 35 weeks of parental leave – parental leave can be taken by either parent and split up however you want). You get 55% of your salary to a maximum (max is $2200/month). If you employer doesn’t offer top-up (many do not) it’s not a lot of $. Some people do return to work early but probably not at 3 months (that’s really early). Most people take the full leave.

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.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
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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 🙂

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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jannigirl :  We’ve had people do it at work.  No side eye.  Sometimes its because the father has top up from his employer (you can split the parental leave portion between the 2 parents, but you still only get 50 weeks paid — there’s a 2 week unpaid waiting period.)  So it, financially, makes more sense for both parents to take their full top up weeks, either at the same time or one after another. Since I work for an employer that tops up for about half the leave, its not unusual for the father’s to take parental leave.  

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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