Know Your Maternity Leave Rights

What Is Maternity Leave?

The term "maternity leave" encompasses two types of leave.

  • Maternity disability or medical leave refers to the period of time (usually six weeks for a normal vaginal delivery and eight weeks for an uncomplicated cesarean delivery) after the birth, during which you are medically unable to work as you recuperate.
  • Family leave refers to the time you spend caring for your baby after recuperating. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 grants all parents the same 12 weeks (it's all considered family leave for fathers and adoptive parents). You can begin the 12 weeks before you give birth, but then you'll have less time afterward.

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