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post #21 of 23
Agree w/vegrunr, I'd say at least a month (and ideally more, like 8-10 weeks) to give time to adjust and heal before returning to work, especially with a first baby. Who knows how birthing will go, or sorting out breast feeding/pumping, or postpartum healing/moods? If you have flexibility, plan for the longest time off you can, then be pleasantly surprised if you're ready to get back earlier. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that with my first, I was just barely getting a daily shower by 4-6 weeks PP, let alone doing housework and meals. I was fortunate that I was able to combine vacation with maternity leave and FMLA to be off for 16 weeks and it was super hard for me to return to work. I was physically healed and mentally well, breastfeeding was smooth at that point, but leaving my baby was so. hard. every. day.
Not saying there's one right way to do it or ignore the economic realities, but with a first baby, one has no idea how she'll feel or change after birthing. It's pretty life-changing stuff, IMO, no matter how many kids you have.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by dakipode View Post

Wow, beep, that sounds really rough. Are you not entitled to unpaid leave?

No. I'm a resident physician so I'm in a FMLA exempt position.
post #23 of 23

I worked in a hospital a few years ago as a chaplain resident.  Many MD residents had babies while they were there.  I always admired them.  Good luck Beep!

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