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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Sun, 11-22-2009 - 1:57am

I was originally thinking I would take one week off before my EDD, but lately I've been thinking I'll take 2.

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Sat, 11-21-2009 - 9:55pm

I just answered your question about EDD and due date in the last thread.

I was planning on working until DS came, and I did.... he was 2 weeks early and came on a Saturday. The week before he came I started working 6 hour day instead of 8 hour days... work was afraid I would go into labor there. At that time they only offered 6 weeks maternity leave (it's 3 months now) and if you took your leave early, you had less time after baby came.

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Thu, 11-19-2009 - 2:08pm

First off, how much does what you put on the paperwork matter? Here they just have us put our due date on the paperwork, and then it gets adjusted to the actual date later on. I mean, what happens if your baby comes early? Hopefully that won't happen, but it could.

In terms of picking a most likely date for what to do if things are going according to plan. I, personally would do 2/19. For me, one day of "me" time at 9 months pregnant was enough for me to start going crazy with the waiting. And if your one week turns into three weeks, I think that could be really tough.

But, this sort of thing really depends on your temperment and how physically comfortable you are feeling towards the end of pregnancy. If you do put down the later date and then really feel like you want to stop working earlier, it is likely your doctor can make a medical justification for it.

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Thu, 11-19-2009 - 1:33pm

I think that is incredibly sad! Only 6 weeks if you have a c-section...most of that time is spent healing and not bonding with baby.


And just a note that the 1 year is not given to everyone in Canada. Only those who are eligible for unemployment benefits. So if you were a business owner, contractor, not employed FT for 52 weeks - you might not qualify or you might not get the 52 weeks. I made too much money and the benefits were only 40% of my pay. And I lost my heathcare while on mat leave. So it isn't all roses. My current work "tops up" my benefits to 85% of my pay and keeps my healthcare (I specifically found a job that would do this). I also get 6 months unpaid leave at the end of my 52 weeks but I must pay my own healthcare & pension.


I sincerely hope that the time gets extended for US mothers. They need the time to be with their babies.


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Tue, 11-17-2009 - 8:10pm
Since my job is working on a computer, our company has employees work until they go into labor or unless there is some reason they have to leave work sooner with a doctor's excuse.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 11-17-2009 - 3:22pm

*Bumping* up this thread in hopes we'll get more responses!


I'm starting to fill out the paperwork for my leave since my boss takes forever to return things to us. I keep going back and forth on when my last day should be. I'm due on Sunday, 2/21 and initially thought I would work until the Friday before (2/19) but if the baby does come close to the due date, I would've like to have had a good week of "me" time beforehand. Then I worry if she comes 2 weeks late, then I'm sitting around going crazy. As of now, I'm planning to work until the 12th unless I change my mind again. :-)


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Wed, 10-07-2009 - 5:10pm

Adrienne,


I was wondering the same thing about

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Sat, 10-03-2009 - 10:20pm

Adrienne-

Have you checked the benefits at your school? I know in NC (or maybe just my county in NC), teachers can take 1 year maternity leave (unpaid except for the first part when you can use sick leave). I didn't qualify since I was on a terminating contract, but I know several teachers who had babies in January and didn't return until the following school year. And the school I worked at in Florida had something similar. And in IL I taught in a school district where tenured teachers got THREE years maternity leave (most of it was unpaid, but the job would be there for you when you were ready to go back).

Anyway in my experience, maternity leave is one of the few things that schools do a better job on than the business world - maybe because it is such a female dominated field?

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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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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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