BTDTs...working up to EDD?

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BTDTs...working up to EDD?
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Wed, 09-30-2009 - 4:46pm

I'm not sure why this is on my mind so much, since it's fairly far away, but I would love to hear your experiences.


For those of you who were working outside the home prior to the birth of your child...

-How far in advance of your EDD did you schedule your "last day at the office"?
-Did you end up working until that time...or end up leaving work sooner (or working longer) for any reason?
-If (or when) you have the chance to do it again, would you schedule things any differently?


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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 1:16pm

I stopped working 3 weeks before my FF EDD (4 weeks before my "official" EDD). At the time it



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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 1:22pm

"Being Canadian, I assume you will take your full year of mat leave?"


I am SOOO jealous of you Canadians.


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Registered: 04-03-2008
Thu, 10-01-2009 - 1:43pm

Honestly I think America is the only first world country with such pitiful maternity leave:(


Here in Germany we also get 1-2 years paid- and husbands have the same rights as mothers. We also get 4-6 weeks off before the EDD.



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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 2:09pm
The U.S is the only industrialized country without maternity leave.
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Thu, 10-01-2009 - 3:33pm

I do feel very fortunate that, as a Canadian woman, I can take a year maternity leave, no questions asked. (Or, share that time off with my husband, if we were so inclined.) The fact that it's totally standard means not having to negotiate for it or

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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 6:49am
Cassie, I know what you mean about wanting to spend most of your maternity leave with your baby. I had the same thought, that's why I wanted as close to my due date as possible, yet have some "me-time" beforehand.
Kelly, when you mentioned that I had to think back, and oh what a blissful time of leisure it was! So ironic that back then I didn't really appreciate it as I was impatiently waiting for Teddy to arrive. But that's such a good point - you'll NEVER have that sort of me-time again (well, at least not for 18 years or so...).
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Fri, 10-02-2009 - 3:09pm

With all my pg I planned on working up to the end, but it always doesn't work out that way!

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Sat, 10-03-2009 - 11:44am

I totally agree with everyone's comments about how unfair (and I would even go as far to say "unhealthy" in a sense), it is that Americans have so little maternity time. It is such an important time for parents to bond with their newborns--and when you consider nursing--it seems like a human right to me. If we had never invented formula and breast pumps, there wouldn't be a physical way for the baby to survive if it wasn't with its mother for at least the first year.

Ack! It is totally making me upset thinking that if I want to keep my job (which I have really grown to love), I probably won't get much more than 12 weeks off . . .

I wonder if there is any social movement on their issue? Is there anyone advocating for better maternity rights for women in the States? You'd think so, but I have never heard of it. Hmmm.


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Registered: 09-08-2007
Sat, 10-03-2009 - 11:47am

Oh yeah, and I will work for as long as I possibly can before the birth, mostly because I would want as much time off afterward as I can get!

If I wasn't going back to work, or I had a really long maternity leave, I would probably try to cut down my hours 2-4 weeks before, and depending on how it was being home more, possibly take off from 1-2 weeks before.


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Registered: 06-25-2006
Sat, 10-03-2009 - 3:03pm
Unfortunately I don't think that there are any current bills for maternity leave for most of the population. There is one that passed the house in June for 4 weeks of the 12 weeks being paid, but it is only for federal employees. It really upset me that even if you have a c-section you still only get 6 weeks of short term disability.



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