how much maternity/post-baby leave?

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Registered: 10-24-2007
how much maternity/post-baby leave?
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Mon, 11-05-2007 - 7:43am

Just curious...if you WOH, how much paid leave did your employer provide for maternity?

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Registered: 08-29-2002
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 7:55am

I went from a grad student to being at home with the kids, so I can't say directly how I handled a parental leave. I can, however, describe how we would have handled parental leave had we been blessed with a third child (planned, but ended up not being possible).

We (dh and I) would each have received 220 days of parental leave, 180 of those days being paid at 50-80% of our salaries. Our employers would have had to hold our jobs for up to 18 months after the birth. We had planned to have me ft at home for the first 6 months or so (just plain easier for me with bf as I always had awful problems in the beginning). After that, for the next 4 months or so I would have taken 50% parental leave and worked 50% and dh would have done the same. Dh would then have spent the next 4-6 months at home, or else we would have done a 75%/25% split (me working 75%, dh working 25%).

Our general plan was to use our leave time in such a way as to not be too long away from the job and, thus, make it easier to work back into it. We would have started dc when the child reached 12-18 months or so. Both of us would absolutely have gone back to our jobs and we would have stayed in regular email contact with our coworkers and managers.

With our first two: Ds started dc just before he was 2 so that I could finish my Master's thesis. Dd started dc when she was about 2.5 when I landed a job. Both had very easy transitions. I was very very lucky, btw. I work in a field (biochemistry/cell biology) that is NOT easy to walk away from and get back in to. I was out of the lab for more than 6 years. Someone took a chance on me (at a very low salary) and I was quickly able to prove myself. But I know that this is not an easy thing to do. A 1 year break wouldn't have been much of a problem (the technology doesn't change that fast in this particular field), but a 6 year break was a lot.




Edited 11/5/2007 8:02 am ET by laura_w2
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Registered: 10-30-2007
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 8:00am

Had I remained active duty I would have received 6-8 weeks of paid maternity leave.

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 8:07am

Off the subject I know but my husband was in the military until last year, and much as I'm pretty live-and-let-live about other people's families (like anyone cares what I think anyway), two active-duty parents never seemed OK to me.

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 8:29am

That was a very big part of why dh and I decided to have me get out.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 8:37am
I was entitled to six weeks paid to which I added 4 weeks accumulated vacation time and another two weeks accumulated sick time and another bonus week I negotiated with my employer for 13 weeks total.

 

Yes. We. Did.

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Registered: 07-04-2007
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 8:51am
I received 1 year paid mat leave.
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Registered: 08-29-2002
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 8:55am
Ds and dd both went part time for the first couple of years, but we made it part time in terms of hours per day (e.g. 8 or 9am-2pm), rather than part time with regard to number of days per week, in order to given them a fairly consistent schedule. They both did very well with that schedule. I think going fewer days per week would have been harder on them.
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Registered: 08-14-2007
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 9:06am

Just curious...if you WOH, how much paid leave did your employer provide for maternity?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 9:11am

I forgot the other part of your question.

 

Yes. We. Did.

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Registered: 07-04-2007
Mon, 11-05-2007 - 9:26am
I think you hit the nail on the head.

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