The way my company works is I have to choose a date. I can't just work until I give birth and that's it, I have all kinds of forms to fill out and it has to be done ahead of time. Also, since I will be gone a year, there are lots of loose ends I will need to clean up like returning my blackberry and laptop, cleaning up emails and any complex technical cases I'm working on. Although December is a slow month so I suspect I won't take anything new on in the last month. (I will also need to basically clean out my entire desk as well as our office is closing/moving while I will be on mat leave).
Full Term/37 weeks for me is January 2. This is when things at work start ramping up and getting back on track after the holidays. I was thinking 38 weeks? I could set it for 40 weeks but I'm scared that's too late and what if the baby comes early?
My manager sent me all the forms and documents for my company that I need to read and fill out. She said she doesn't need a date yet, but the sooner I give it the better as HR can take a while to process things. I work for one of the largest companies in Canada (one of the top 3 banks) and autumn is the busiest time of year.
Is 38 weeks a good idea?