Thinking about getting pregnant, or already pregnant? It's never too early think about what you will do when baby gets here. When planning your maternity leave, the more you can plan or arrange ahead of time the less stress you will feel.
Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. The real advantage to planning maternity leave is having the time to do it right.
The FMLA stipulates that companies which have over 50 employees must offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
Years ago, women were expected to resign from their jobs the moment the pregnancy test came back positive, but today, pregnant working women are as much a part of the modern office as the computer and the fax machine. While most women are able to work through their entire pregnancy, There are some situations in which you may want to consider leaving work early or requesting some modifications to your working environment.
If you are a first-time parent, you may be struggling with getting prepared for the task. Fortunately, you have time to get ready. Talking with friends and family who have children can help.
So where does this leave us? With a lot of pressure on me, that's where. No one ever made a killing as a journalist, and I'm certainly no exception. My salary is not enough to support two people, much less three. So, what to do? Take three months off, that's what.