Planning maternity leave: lump sum or gradual payout?
April 11, 2012 8:24 AM Subscribe
Maternity leave: did you space yours out over a year (if your place of employment offers that option)? How did it go? Did you regret not taking it all up front, or were there real hidden benefits?
posted by tristeza to Grab Bag (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to strategize my (generous) maternity leave and would love your opinions if you've been through this.
Technically, I can take 6 weeks recovery immediately following the birth (if I end up with a C-section it's 8 weeks) followed by 4 months of parental leave in the year after the birth.
My initial plan was simply to take my 6 weeks recovery followed immediately by 3.5 months full leave, about 2 weeks of work for a grant that has to go in at that time, then the remainder of my leave. (This will all begin mid-July so Christmas/New Years is theoretically in play, too, when we'll be visiting family across the country.)
My partner suggests I might want to space out my 4 months leave a bit more in order to enjoy time with the baby once she's a bit older and less sleep/eat/poop only.
I technically have a full year to take the 4 months off, which can be broken up. I've never known anyone who's done this, however, and while it seems like a nice idea, part of me is stuck on "MUST TAKE ALL LEAVE AT ONCE."
Do you have any experience with this? Did you take an extended/broken up leave in the first year of baby's life? Did you want to but couldn't? Advantages? Disadvantages?
Any thoughts appreciated, I'm really struggling with this (oh, and this is my first and only baby!).