Wow, some of you get some pretty awesome benefits! My job offers FMLA and that's it, though I recognize that some don't even get that. It's all unpaid leave (though it will deplete what I have in Sick and Vacation leave so i'll get paid for as much as I've accrued) and they have to save my job (or one similar to it) for up to 3 months. After that, there is no guarantee. Most people at my work don't take the full three months because they can't afford to.
I am very fortunate to work for T-Mobile. I get 12 wk flma durring pregnancy. And 7wk of paid leave at 100% of pay. And all new Dad's get 3 wk of paid paternity leave. plus the ins is affordable and incredible
I own my own business so no leave for me paid or otherwise. I basically have to give birth and go back to work I'm still trying to figure out what to do with a baby....
I get 2 weeks covered by FMLA, which an be used 2 weeks before your estimated due date. Ti is paid. However, your actual leave time (considered as STD) does not start until he day you deliver. On that day, that is when your 8 weeks start. This is also paid.
So, depending on when you actually deliver... you could have days that are not paid if it happens after the 2 weeks. However, you can use sick/vacation time for those days - if you have them.
For me, I am taking the 2 weeks before and then the 8 weeks once I deliver. If I have any unpaid days, I hope to be able to use sick time for those, since I have 5 days of those left to use. I will have used all of my vacation before the 2 weeks prior as it needs to be used or else will be lost, and I am not banking on using them.
I also plan to use some 2017 vacation time for any additional weeks I may want after the 8 weeks. This will all depend on when I deliver, and how close it is to the date LO starts daycare. I am crossing my fingers it's all close.