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.

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How to Maintain Financial Stability on Maternity Leave

With the United States as the only developed country without government-mandated paid parental leave, many new parents are left scrambling to make ends meet financially. Here's how to be prepared for maternity leave when it comes to money.

Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian is Not Here for Companies That Stigmatize Paternity Leave

After hearing disparaging remarks by the former CEO of SoulCycle, Alexis Ohanian wrote a powerful piece on why it's about time we end the stigma on paternity leave.

Maternity Leave Was the Loneliest Time of My Life But I Learned to Love It

I left my dream job to go on maternity leave when my son was born. It became the most isolating and lonely period of my life. But these are the things that helped me pull through and realize how much I really needed this time with my newborn.

How to Win at Work After Maternity Leave

You’ve heard of the fourth trimester, those newborn days. In her book, The Fifth Trimester, Lauren Smith Brody describes another important transition: going back to work after maternity leave.
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Why New Dads Should Take Paternity Leave

If you live in the U.S., your partner is entitled to the same post-baby leave as you—but most guys aren't getting to take their due time. Here's how to make it happen, plus the surprising ways paternity leave benefits the whole family.

10 Things NOT to Say to a Mom on Maternity Leave

Every mama who has to (or wants to!) return to work after giving birth knows exactly how many more days she has left at home with baby. Don't make things worse by making an insensitive comment about her maternity leave.

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.