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Did You Take Advantage of Full Maternity Leave?

Before an expectant working mama checks out to welcome another baby to the world, she usually has a good idea of how much time it will be before she settles back into her desk. In some countries, mothers take the entire first year of their babe's life to stay at home and get to know them. In the States, it's a bit different. While some women have the luxury of taking months off to recuperate from their life welcoming event, others have to jump right back into the game leaving little time for bonding and resting up. While finances, benefits, and childcare are usually the decision makers, many mums are eager to get back to the job for the adult companionship it provides.

So tell mommy, did you take full advantage of your maternity leave?

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Roarman Roarman 7 years
I took three months unpaid, which my job was kind enough to let me do. I was not covered under FMLA or anything so they did not have to allow me that time off.
Relli80 Relli80 7 years
I took 10 weeks with maternity pay and vacation and sick time. Then in the last two weeks while still under FLMA I took off every Wednesday to help my family and I adjust to the change in our schedule. So I have a few days still saved up from FLMA that I have until the end of the calendar year to use and have put them to good use for my baby's doctors. Truthfully though, it was not long enough, the first month back I missed him terribly and still feel guilty not being there with him everyday.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
We'll be taking the full year offered and splitting it between the two of us. Although my pay will be lowered as bellafranki has explained, it's a great chance for us to bond and it's better than paying for daycare.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I live in Canada, so I was able to take a full year of maternity leave. During my year maternity leave I was paid 55% of my average earnings. Over that year we didn't make as much as we did when I was also working, but it was worth it to be able to spend that year with my daughter.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
We don't have named "maternity leave" but I'm a government attorney and have a ridiculous amount of sick, personal, and annual days, so I'll be able to take off about 2-3 months paid.. and then more, unpaid, if I choose to do so.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I took my full 4 mths paid leave but I could have taken an additional 2 mths unpaid.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 7 years
I am due in January and plan to take a full three months off. Not only do I want to spend that time recovering and bonding with the baby, but I also do not want to have to take him to any kind of day care situation until he has had some time to mature and get stronger. I know not everyone can do this so I feel lucky. I have been scrimping and saving for the last 8 months to make sure I have enough leave and money to cover 3 months!
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