Someone at work just asked me why I didn't take short term disability instead of FMLA because you get paid 60% of your pay check when your on STD. My husband is between jobs right now so we are living on my paycheck which has been fine so far. If I randomly get put on bed rest for some reason we are screwed though. My work does not give PAID maternity leave so I have a specific amt of vacation/sick time that I plan on depleating to stay home for 8 weeks. I didnt' know a pregnancy could be with short term disability since it's not an "illness" . I really don't know much about it at all and what the rules are. Its too late now I'm sure but I was just curious if anyone knows more about it. I would think a lot more women would opt for getting paid a small pay check while they are on maternity leave if they could so their must be a reason why more women aren't on it for their pregnancy's.