Make The Most of Maternity Leave

Tips for planning maternity leave

Get organized early. When you’re at work, it’s important to discuss with your boss about how you can ease your transition when you leave. You may be asked to get a replacement that you can hire, and train temporarily, so that your job will be covered when you leave. It’s important to tie up loose ends so you will have a piece of mind once you’re gone.

Research child care. Eventually, you’ll need childcare when you decide to go back to work. Some child care centers have wait lists and these lists could mean your child will be on it for six months to a year, depending on where you live, so applying for a couple different care centers before you deliver is recommended.

Know your rights. Once you’ve made the announcement at work, and told your boss you were pregnant, it’s important to find out what your rights are. Talk to the company’s human resource department to find out which type of maternity leave you’re entitled to. Most U.S companies aren’t required to pay you when you leave, but typically mothers receive some of their money through a combination of different things.

Understand how your insurance works. There’s paperwork that needs to be taken care of before and after your child is born, and it’s important to know what kind of work needs to be filled out. Some women need to file claims before they leave work, to file a “short-term disability,” which does many different things. When the baby is then born, insurance will start paying disability so a woman is able to get paid during her leave. Get the details before you deliver your child because you may need to fill out paperwork 30 days prior.

Start saving now. It’s very important to start saving for your time when you leave work. Some couples decide to put money away the minute they find out they’re expecting because 12 weeks of unpaid time is a lot of money that won’t be coming in. Small amounts like this can add up over time, so it’s important to be ready so that you can have the money in your bank account beforehand.

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