Understanding how child care leave is computed is an important part of planning for your new arrival. The postpartum period is considered a period of medical disability. The period of medical disability permits six calendar weeks of leave immediately following a regular delivery or adoption or eight calendar weeks immediately following a Caesarean birth. The period of medical disability, as well as the other information here, applies to both mothers and fathers.
You are also offered several protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), provided you meet certain eligibility requirements. FMLA protects your position during a guaranteed period of 60 duty days of leave after the birth or adoption of a child. FMLA also protects your health benefits while on leave. FMLA does not guarantee pay during the period of leave or dictate how you might be paid for time off. For more information about FMLA, click here.