BTDT - Maternity Leave

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BTDT - Maternity Leave
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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 11:08am

I know it varies across the countries and across companies, but I am just curious what others have done for Maternity Leave.

Here is my situation. I have short term Disability. so with 1 Week PTO (Paid Time Off) and 5 weeks Disability, I get a total of 6 weeks for a vaginal Birth. I can only use my PTO that I have accrued up to the point I leave, which if the baby is on time or late, I will get about 19 days of PTO (If I don't take any vacation/sick time before August). So that will get me about 9 weeks (Which I don't think is enough time). DH and I are trying to figure out different combinations with my PTO, his PTO. If I come back to work and time it right I can start accruing PTO and then I can take it before I earn it. So I have to talk to my boss.

It just seems so frustrating and confusing!! I am a very detailed person and I created a spreadsheet with the different options and the pay etc that we would lose....GRRR. I just wanted to hear what you ladies all did or are going to do.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 11:51am

Well, I work for a small business, so I only got 5 weeks of unpaid leave. I was supposed to get 6, but they called me back early.

My only advice is that if you're planning on BFing, take as long a leave as you can possibly get and afford. It can take awhile to get a good nursing relationship established, and I truly believe that if I had been able to take a few more weeks off, I might not have ended up EPing for 9 months instead of BFing.

Good luck! Hope you can wade through the red tape and come to an arrangement that works well for all involved!

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 12:49pm

I'm not going to be much help because I work for a large company so there for I got FMLA and was allowed to take the 12 weeks. It is also paid due to being management and STD.


I am feeling pretty good at 4-5 weeks PP and even though I wouldn't want to go back to work yet I think it is doable. You do what you have to unforchunatly in the US with your limited or sometimes no options.


Good luck and try not to let it stress you out. I didn't want to go on leave until Simon was born so I didn't waste a minute of it without him here. I ended up on leave about a week before he was born and while I was going crazy waiting on him it was nice to have that time with my DH and my mom. Also to get back into a normal sleeping pattern since I was working nights.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 1:55pm
You might want to be a bit cautious about using all of your PTOs that you've accrued so quickly, you might have days you'll need to take later on.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:10pm

Hi Jessica,
I will be taking a total of 19 weeks off for my maternity leave. This is the most time I have ever had. It will be 6 weeks paid disability, then 11 weeks maternity leave (paid), 2 weeks vacation. My company is global so in other countries they have better maternity leave, but for the USA this is pretty good. I didn't know about the 6-8 weeks disability (depending on vaginal or c-section) the company had. I just thought I would have to take the 11 weeks and then vacation, so I was pleasantly surprised at the extra 6 weeks.

We also have other options as well such as the disability and 8 weeks full-time off and then 6 weeks part-time, or disability and 22 weeks part-time off. We can also take another 12 weeks off unpaid, but I will not be doing that. I still get the holidays that we get off during my maternity leave and my 2 personal days so I could take another week off as well.

Hope you figure out something that you can both be happy with.

I forgot to mention that at my last job I got to take off I believe 8 weeks with my first DD and then 12 weeks with my second. It all never seems like enough. It is so hard to go back to work when you have a newborn.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:37pm

Thanks Ladies - I work for a very large company (60,000+ employees) so I get the FMLA, but only I have to use my PTO and STD for a total of 6 weeks and then any PTO after.

We are hoping we can swing 10 to 12 weeks - DH might take a few weeks PTO and I will work from home - so I can still breast feed while working. I am sure we will figure it out.

The nice part is my job is flexible so even if I use up all my PTO DH will be able to take the baby to the doctor and if I have to go, I just work extra hours that week to make up and if I am sick I can work from home.

Thanks again! It's nice to hear what others have done, even if it's not the same situation.


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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 6:28pm

I had 6 weeks paid at 66% (through short term disability) and then I took 1 week of vacation time. My XH was home w/ DS after that (he worked PT nights).

The next time around I will get 12 weeks at 66% pay (they changed the policy the month I got back from my leave). Plus I will have up to 5 weeks vacation that I could use as well.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 11:26pm

I remember you posting about coming back an extra week. That is horrible. 5 weeks is just not enough time!

I hate reading about some of the policies the US companies have for leave. It is so sad.

But it does sound like you have better child care options that we do up here so that is good.

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Dee