My twin girls were born 16 weeks early on 10/7/14. They've been in the NICU 115 days so far, but our baby A is getting close to coming home; baby B will have several weeks to go, but she's doing great.
I went back to work as soon as I could (10/27) in hopes of saving my maternity leave for when the girls got home, however, I just spoke with my short term disability provider and he said I don't have a claim since maternity leave is mean for you to heal, not just be home with your baby. He said I need a doctor to say that I can't work.
I know I'm not the first mom in this scenario - has this happened to anyone else? Did you get your paid maternity leave or did you have to take unpaid time off?
I've tried to be strong during the last 4 months, but this might push me beyond my breaking point. I feel like I was cheated out of almost half my pregnancy and missed out on things moms get to experience...and this feels like it'll be another big thing I lose out on. I hope no one thinks my priorities are out of whack; I'm so grateful I have both of my girls and that they get to come home...I've just set my heart on being able to have this leave and bond with my babies.