Archive for tag 'maternity leave'


On Returning to Work – An Update

Is it getting any easier? I get this question a lot. Like every day a lot. How do I answer? Some days, I have a cheery response about how Lil’ Tea Cup is having a great time at her grandparents, which is the truth. Some days, I can’t muster the big fake smile and just [...]

The Difficulties of Pumping at Work

A major misgiving I’ve had post-partum was that in Canada where I grew up, I would have had a whole year of maternity leave — a luxury I do not have in the US. I originally requested for the maximum amount of leave – 18 weeks: 6 weeks paid federally through FLA, and 12 weeks [...]

A Day in the Life: Mom On Maternity Leave

Before I got pregnant, for some crazy reason, I thought that maternity leave would be like summer vacation. Boy was I wrong. Maternity leave, in reality, is hard work –  probably more difficult than my actual job. A seven-week-old baby is infinitely more demanding than a hormonal teenager. Here’s a look at a typical day [...]


Maternity Leave in France

This is a guest post by Hellobee community member chastenet. Originally from Wisconsin, I came to France as a Rotary exchange student at the tender age of 16 and was hooked! I returned to the US to complete high school and then promptly came back to Paris for college. I met my French husband in [...]

Maternity Leave in California

In a nation that does little to offset the burden of new parenthood, at the very least, I’m glad I live in the state of California because we have one of the best maternity leave policies in the states (that’s still not saying much).  I finally called my HR department to figure out how to [...]


Reflections on Maternity Leave

Now that I’ve been back at work for a few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about my maternity leave (and how quickly it flew by!). I was fortunate enough to take a full 12 weeks after Baby H’s birth as well as a week before she was born, for a total of 13 weeks. [...]


Maternity Leave in Quebec, Canada

Having been on maternity leave before, I can’t hide that I couldn’t wait to be on maternity leave again. Through the recent parenting around the world series, I’ve come to realize that child care can vary so drastically from one country to another, and even one province or state to another. I think we have it [...]

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