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 You Need to Know About Maternity Leave

Some women get a little, some a lot, and some get none at all. Find out how much maternity leave you're entitled to.

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.

12 Ways to Actually Enjoy Your Maternity Leave

Maternity leave isn't easy for everyone. Our advice? Get it together before baby shows up so you have a chance to enjoy it. Here are some tips and tricks from the pros about how to make your time off count.

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.

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.

Maternity Leave vs. Permanent Leave: The Emotional Debate

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

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.

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

Babies are expensive--plan ahead!

Know Your Maternity Leave Rights

What are your legal rights regarding family leave from work?

How to Get More Paid Days During Maternity Leave

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

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:

After Baby: Long Maternity Leave Was 'Financially Disastrous'

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

6 Things NOT to Say to a Mom on Maternity Leave

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

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.

A New Site Offers Insider Info on How Companies Treat Parents

Two working moms have created a new online resource where you can get insider info on many companies' maternity leave policies, pay for women, culture toward parents, and more.

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.

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.

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?

Maternity Leave: Know What You're Entitled To

Maternity leave guidelines differ from state to state, so it's important to know what applies to you.