Planning Parental Leave

Once you start getting loser to your due date, you will have to take into consideration the leave that you will need in order to be with your baby and care for it. Ask your employers whether there is separate maternity leave or if you can club it together with your sick leave and holiday leave.

Find out other details like if your bonus would get affected if you would take leave and resume at a later date. Another important thing to consider asking your boss is if you can get paid maternity leave.

Discuss if your maternity leave would affect your job security in any way. Now would be a good time to find out i your company has a day care centre in the organisation in the premise itself, and what the cost of that would be.

Even if you are not sure when you will be resuming work, ask for the option of gradually beginning again, and taking up work part time or working from home for some time. This is a good time to think about whether you will be able to financially support your baby and family if one person is not working and earning for a definite period of time.

Check to see all the other sources of income which are coming into your family. Check on all your savings just in case you may need some extra money, as babies can actually be very expensive in their care during the initial phase.

Now is also a good time to find out if your spouse’s company would allow him paternity leave. This is becoming quite common so maybe you and your spouse could take turns while opting for leave. If paternity leave for your spouse is being allowed only for about two weeks, take the leave when you are going to come home with the baby rather than when the baby is in the hospital and you are amongst doctors and nurses who can help you care for your baby. At home, you will be alone, and a husband around will ease the burden on you.