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.

Know Your Maternity Leave Rights

What are your legal rights regarding family leave from work?

How Does Your State Measure Up on Maternity Leave?

Take advantage of any family-friendly state benefits!

Maternity Leave Laws

Be sure to find out what maternity leave laws exist in your state before determining how much time you will request off from work.

Your Workplace Rights

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.

Your Maternity Leave Plan of Action

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.

Answers to Your Maternity Leave Questions

You're pregnant and happily working full-time. But if you think that you automatically qualify for maternity leave, think again.

7 Super Ways to Enjoy Your Maternity Leave

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.

Maternity Leave vs. Permanent Leave: The Emotional Debate

Why you have to really think about what's right for you.

Your Maternity Leave Checklist: What to Get Done Before Your Baby Break

When your little one arrives (and turns your world upside down) you'll be glad you prepared ahead of time.

Your Maternity Leave Budget: How to Save Up for Your Time Off

Babies are expensive--plan ahead!

Working While Pregnant: How to Handle It

Doing the 9-to-5 thing can be tough when you're pregnant, but the right planning can help you meet the challenges.

How to Get More Paid Days During Maternity Leave

Somebody's gonna have to pay for all those diapers!

Maternity Leave Confidential

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.

6 Things NOT to Say to a Mom on Maternity Leave

Never say these six things to a mom on maternity leave.

After Baby: Long Maternity Leave Was 'Financially Disastrous'

Shana, a public school teacher, talks about how finances affected her maternity leave decisions.

How to Tell Your Boss You're Pregnant

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.

How to Make the Most of Your Maternity Leave

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:

Your Smart Guide to Maternity Leave

Here's how to find out what you're entitled to, and how to negotiate the best possible deal.

How Can I Leave My Baby?

Readers share helpful hints on how to make going back to work easier.

The Truth About Maternity Leave

You may have big plans for your time off from work -- from sewing curtains to making scrapbooks -- but are they realistic?

Back to Work After Maternity Leave

Maternity leave ending soon? Make the transition back to work easier for both of you.

Pregnancy Confidential Podcast Week 12: Hi, Boss. I'm Pregnant!

Find out what's going on in week 12 of your pregnancy on this podcast episode of Pregnancy Confidential.

Planning and Negotiating Maternity Leave

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.