Will you get paid maternity leave?

posted 6 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You’re very right. I might pay more tax but I get more in return. 

My friend had her baby in the US. It cost $147,000 without insurabce. $5000 with! Mine was ‘free’ and I still get my ‘free’ health care while I’m a stay at home mum purplepixel :  

Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Twizbe :  Beyond even the tax part, we DO pay excessively. I pay 4% of my pre-tax income for my health insurance, AND my employers pay an additional $450/month “for” me that, as a result, I don’t ever get to see in my check but would see if they didn’t have to fund my insurance. People seem to forget that if we funded our healthcare through taxes, even if it were 5-10% of our monthly income, we’d be coming out ahead. 

Post # 48
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I get 12 weeks FMLA, unpaid. I also get 6-8 weeks short term disability.

When I had dd I had enough PTO to cover the time after std, plus an extra week to save. My company is pretty generous with their PTO though, IMO.

Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

purplepixel :  Fellow Canadian here. So agreed. I find it very upsetting that most US bees have to choose between going back to work just a few weeks after birth when their baby is tiny, or dropping out of their careers to become a stay-at-home parent. We are lucky to be able to take a year without giving up our jobs, stepping out of our career paths, or being thought of as deprioritizing our careers. I couldn’t imagine leaving my baby in daycare at eight weeks old, but also am definitely not cut out to be a long term SAHM!

My current employer has a US office, and when I visit I find it very startling to see the pumping room in the office and pumping stalls at airports. Some women in Canada could certainly benefit from those, but it’s much less of an issue because we go back to work well after our babies have started on solid food. 

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

dianaj17 :  Great point.  Seriously folks, socialized medicine is amazing,and I hope you guys get it soon! I have never pulled out my credit card in a doctor’s office, worried about whether a particular doctor or service was approved by my insurance,  or seen a medical bill. When I’m unwell I seek medical attention right away without doing any kind of economic calculation. 

An illustrative fact related to healthcare costs, quality and maternal health: In Canada, a woman has a 1 in 8,800 lifetime risk of dying during childbirth. In the US, it’s one in 3,800 — about the same as in Lebanon, Thailand and Serbia. A lot of that risk is born by low income women and women of colour… who in Canada are entitled to just as much free prenatal care as those with more wealth and better jobs. 

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

14 weeks 100% pay 

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I’m a US Bee. 

Honestly I only know of one person who had any paid time off for having a baby (other than saving PTO or sick days). 

I just recently kinda made a post about going back to work and how to financially swing it. It enfuriates me that most nations require at least a few weeks of paid leave. And we aren’t required for anything paid whatsoever. 

I’ve had a lot of talks recently with my husband on how mad I am that the two things that stress me out the most (future insurance for delivery and what to do financially after baby) are things woman in other countries have covered. 

And people wonder why Americans are stressed out!? 

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I also wanted to add I see a lot of women that are commenting that they are saving days to add up to a paid leave. I’m genuinely curious how this is possible!? I get 10 days of vacation and 5 sick days for the whole year. 

After reading the comments, it’s so sad to see how far behind the US is with anything related to families, women and children. 

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

sarathemermaid :  and also vacation days! In New Zealand we get 20 days off and then 11 extra public holidays 

Post # 55
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

sarathemermaid :  yeah it’s really awful. If we truly as a country cared about families and children we would have paid maternity leave. And if we cared about equality we’d have paid paternity leave so parents of any sex (including same sex couples) can help shoulder the burden of caring for child, so it doesn’t fall on just the woman.

Anyway to answer your questions about accruing annual leave, I work for the US government and start out with the same number of hours of leave as you per year. after several years of service, we start to accrue 6 hours per pay period, which starts to add up. We also can get comp time for certain extraordinary circumstances. I’ve saved all of these and will combine sick leave, annual leave, and comp time when I have my second child in October. Sick leave rolls over, and I only have taken a few days per year in the five years I’ve worked for the government, so I have the equivalent of several weeks of SL alone. Then will start using comp time and AL. 

Wish you good luck as you figure our your maternity leave plan! 

Post # 56
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

My firm offers 12 weeks full pay and another 6 weeks half pay (18 weeks total). We can also add any annual leave to this (which I’ve been accruing since I started with the firm thankfully as it just rolls over if you don’t use it). Additionally we get up to 12 months unpaid leave with the guarantee that we can come back to our same position. Based in Aus 🙂 

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

sarathemermaid :  wow, that’s so awful! We get 4 weeks paid annual leave a year, paid sick leave and plus whatever the public holidays are. 

Post # 58
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My job offers 12 weeks all unpaid with FMLA. You have to use all of your sick time first then unpaid kicks in. You are not allowed to bank your sick time so it’s a use it or lose it thing. If you have a baby at the beginning of the fiscal year you are completely screwed and after your leave you will not have one sick to use so if you, your new baby, other children, or spouse get sick you’re completed screwed. 

Post # 59
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

I’m in Japan and my baby was born at the end of August 2018. I started maternity leave July 2018 and I’m not going back until October this year, so that will be about 15 months of maternity leave. And yes, it’s paid.

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

If I go permanent with my currenty job (currently a contractor) I will get 16 weeks fully paid + any annual/sick leave I have stored up. But that would mean a 30% pay cut, so gotta work out if it’s worth it.

The government pays the minimum wage for 18 weeks, but it’s about 1/5 what I currently earn but it’s a lot better than a kick in the face

Fiance gets 3 months full pay parental leave as well if he’s the primary caregiver. So our plan for our kids:

I take 6 months off without pay (if a contractor, if I’m perm 16 weeks of that I’ll get paid).

Then we declare Fiance the primary caregiver, and he takes six months at half pay (you’re able to do this for any child up to 12 months old)

So, for each child (we plan to have two), he/she will have a parent at home for a full year before getting shipped to daycare 4 days a week (grandparents to have them for one). 

We live in Australia 🙂

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