Re: Maternity Leave?
I was off for 10.5 weeks and was paid for 8 of them. I was actually out of work for 11 weeks; I wound up on bedrest 5 days before I was induced at 39 weeks due to preeclampsia.
My company gives very generous sick time (I had 9 weeks' worth this year) and you're allowed to take sick pay at 100% of salary for the time you're on short term disability (which is at 60% if you don't have sick time left). So I had 6 weeks of sick pay for my short term disability. My company also allows you to use up to 80 hours of sick time (2 work weeks for me) as dependent care days. I had 8 weeks of sick time left when I had DD, and I used every last hour of it.
I took one pay period (the first half of October) off without pay using FMLA. We just couldn't afford any longer than that; I earn more than my husband. My company makes FMLA concurrent with short term disability; I would not be allowed to take my 6 weeks of disability and 2 weeks of dependent care days, followed by 16 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave - it's up to 16 weeks total.
Connecticut allows 16 weeks of FMLA but there's no provision for it to be paid leave. It also takes 24 months before I'll be eligible for 16 weeks again which is a consideration for when we'll try for baby #2. It's unfortunate but that's how life is...I'm thankful I had those 8 weeks of paid time and that we could afford another 2.5 weeks unpaid.
Katie - mom to Lily, 8/5/2010