A quick back story - my family business was sold to one of our competitors in February thus eliminating my qualifications for short term disability and FMLA. My company is very male dominated - 125 employees with only five women - the only person who's ever taken maternity leave is our CFO, and she only takes six weeks. The last time I met with my doctor, he said he was only allowed to write six weeks leave even for a scheduled c-section. I think that's insane and would really like to take a minimum of eight weeks. I have heard from friends who were still very sore after going back to work after six weeks. Any advice on the best way to approach this with my boss? I am planning on notifying them of my c-section date later this week.