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How much maternity leave could I take without losing my job? Would I get paid during my time off with baby? What in the world was FMLA and how could I use it? Do I need short-term disability (and did I even qualify for it)?
These questions and more swirled through my mind almost as soon as I knew I was pregnant. Add on top the never-ending loop of worries that go along with all the new-baby decisions, it was exhausting!
16+ Tips to Set Your Maternity Leave Plan
There’s only so much googling that one person can do, and I remember the stress of all the research, and sorting through ancient posts and things that were most relevant.
More than once, I remember throwing up my hands and just putting off the decision. Never ideal, because when decision time comes, it’ll only be more stressful!
So, to help you out, I’ve pulled together some awesome resources so speed up your research journey!
Have you already checked out my maternity leave posts? If not, please take a few minutes to check these out, then scroll on down to all the other good stuff!
Six Questions to Ask When You Start Family Planning
Take a minute to apply these questions to your situation, and I bet you’ll come up with something else to consider in your planning.
For U.S. readers, remember this post came out of Australia, so unfortunately, their government programs aren’t relevant for us!
Understand Maternity Leave and Your Rights (in the U.S.)
This post by FairyGodBoss provides an awesome “Maternity Leave 101” overview in clear language that gives you the low-down on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Short-Term Disability, benefits and more.
Create a Maternity Leave Plan
FairyGodBoss makes an excellent pitch for laying out a work-related plan for before, during and after maternity leave.
Not only can a plan like this ease some of your employer’s concerns, but it can also ease some of your own anxiety by giving you a checklist of tasks to complete (and hand-off!)
After listing your top projects and skimming your email, if you have trouble coming up with a comprehensive list of tasks, take a look at your most recent performance review to be sure you take care of all elements of your official performance requirements.
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Ten Maternity Leave Myths: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Read through to the end, though – the author reminds you that now might be a time for improving your negotiation skills (and implementing them when talking to your boss about maternity leave!)
How to Prepare Paperwork and Finances for Maternity Leave
Finally, this bulleted list by Life Family Etc shares a well-organized list with sections on work, parenting, finances and medical to help you consider your own specific situation and make a plan.
Could You Use a Touch of Humor?
If you’ve made it through this monster list, you deserve a few laughs! Here are some takes on mommyhood and maternity leave by some talented (and funny) moms!
What do you think? Is there a great resource that you’ve discovered that should be shared here? Share in the comments section below!