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New parents

If I just had a baby, do I apply for medical leave or family leave?

You can apply for one or both types of leave depending on your situation. All parents can receive up to 12 weeks of bonding leave in the first year after your child’s birth or placement.

  • If you give birth, you can be eligible for up to 16 weeks of combined medical and family leave.
  • If you experience a condition in pregnancy that results in incapacity, like being put on bedrest, you will note that on your application and may qualify for up to 18 combined weeks of medical and bonding leave.

I’m a non-birth parent — what kind of leave can I apply for?

Non-birth parents and guardians are eligible for paid family leave to bond with a child coming into their home through birth adoption or foster placement within the first year after the child’s placement in the home. Each parent is entitled to their 12 weeks of bonding leave, even if they work for the same employer.

How much paid time off can I get if I’m having a baby?

If you are giving birth, you can take up to 16 weeks of combined medical and family leave. You will need to submit two applications: One for medical leave and one for bonding leave. If you experience incapacity or another serious health condition related to your pregnancy, you may also qualify for an additional two weeks of medical leave for a total of 18 weeks.

If I gave birth, do I have to apply for both medical leave and family leave?

Yes, you’ll apply for medical leave for your pregnancy or delivery, and family leave to bond with your child.

You can take up to 16 weeks of combined medical and family leave.

If you experienced pregnancy-related complications such as prescribed bedrest or a c-section, you may also qualify for an additional two weeks of medical leave for a total of 18 weeks. You’ll need to note this on your application for medical leave and make sure your doctor marks the pregnancy complication checkbox on your Certification of Serious Health Condition form.

Can I apply for Paid Leave before the baby is born?

If you have complications related to your pregnancy or another serious health condition, you can apply for medical leave with signed documentation from your healthcare provider.

Can I take Paid Leave before the baby is born?

Only if you are experiencing a serious health condition and have certification from your healthcare provider. Otherwise, your leave will start after the baby is born.