Maternity & Paternity Leave
New moms often opt for maternity leave after the baby is born, but you may be surprised to learn that most companies don't offer paid leave - and don't have to. Here we teach you about your maternity leave rights so you know what to expect before you give birth.
What are your legal rights regarding family leave from work?
Take advantage of any family-friendly state benefits!
Be sure to find out what maternity leave laws exist in your state before determining how much time you will request off from work.
The first step toward fairness: know your rights. Here's a handy guide to the laws concerning working while pregnant, maternity and paternity leave, and more.
Taking time off to care for your newborn can seem as daunting as going through labor itself. We'll show you how to do it worry-free.
You're pregnant and happily working full-time. But if you think that you automatically qualify for maternity leave, think again.
Learning to enjoy maternity leave isn't easy for everyone. We've narrowed down some tips and tricks from the pros about how to make your time off count.
Why you have to really think about what's right for you.
When your little one arrives (and turns your world upside down) you'll be glad you prepared ahead of time.
Babies are expensive--plan ahead!
Doing the 9-to-5 thing can be tough when you're pregnant, but the right planning can help you meet the challenges.
Somebody's gonna have to pay for all those diapers!
You'll try out new recipes! Update your resume! Sloowww down, Mama. Just getting dressed may feel like an accomplishment. American Baby delivers what to really expect during those precious weeks off.
Never say these six things to a mom on maternity leave.
Shana, a public school teacher, talks about how finances affected her maternity leave decisions.
Tips and advice on how to share your pregnancy news with your boss. Plus, real moms dish on the straightforward, funny, and sometimes accidental ways they shared their big news at work.
If you'll be negotiating your maternity leave or seeking to improve your company's policy, it's best to have a plan in mind before you break the news of your pregnancy. Follow these steps:
Here's how to find out what you're entitled to, and how to negotiate the best possible deal.
Readers share helpful hints on how to make going back to work easier.
You may have big plans for your time off from work -- from sewing curtains to making scrapbooks -- but are they realistic?
Maternity leave ending soon? Make the transition back to work easier for both of you.
Find out what's going on in week 12 of your pregnancy on this podcast episode of Pregnancy Confidential.
Working out the details of your maternity leave can be tricky and stressful. Here are our best tips to find the perfect solution for you and your new family.