What's Your Plan for Maternity Leave?

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What's Your Plan for Maternity Leave?
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Wed, 10-17-2012 - 8:17am

Not that we needed another reason to convince us that extended maternity leave should be an option for all working women, but new research shows when moms-to-be stayed on the job past eight months of pregnancy, their babies weighed less than those born to moms who stopped working earlier.

The Guardian in London reports the study out of the University of Essex, using data from one U.S. report and two U.K. studies, found the half (.5) pound average difference was the same weight disparity shown between smoking and non-smoking pregnant moms. [Enter your own work-can-be-dangerous-to-your-health joke here.]

Interesting!  I know it isn't always possible to take an extended maternity leave. Will you work up until your due date? Take some time off before baby arrives?  What's your plan for taking time off from work?

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Wed, 10-17-2012 - 8:06pm

I'm working up to Christmas break (which will be payed for), so my last day will be December 19, two weeks away from my due date. The baby is due January 3, which is the day we're supposed to come back from break, but I'm going to use the 3rd and 4th as my two personal days. Then, I'll use my 10 sick days to fully cover the next two weeks. STD will kick in after that for six weeks, so eight weeks total. I'll be off all January and February. DH is going to stay home with the baby since he works from home and that allows me to finish out the school year with my class.

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Thu, 10-18-2012 - 10:47am

I think one should have not doing job before baby arrives ....its not good for baby's health n physical well being.

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Thu, 10-18-2012 - 11:04am

hey my company already offered me my maternity leave and i am very happy for this:-)

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Tue, 10-23-2012 - 9:36am
my company recently changed the maternity leave policy. now they require 5 years of service instead of 7 to qualify for the leave. i'm at 6 years, so this is a great change for me! unfortunately, i do plan to work up until baby arrives. 6 weeks short term disability (first week of this is actually sick time). the remainder of 4 months will be maternity leave. this portion is covered only at 50% pay, so i'll likely use some of my accrued PTO to supplement my income during this time.

Diane

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