I mentioned yesterday that I don't get a maternity leave at my hospital.
They do offer maternity leave...unpaid...for 6 weeks...for employees that have worked there for 12 consecutive months. When I have our little one, I will only have worked there for 9 months. So. No maternity leave.
What are my options? Well, I will be saving up EVERY vacation day and sick day (and pray that I don't have to take any sick days in the months leading up to the baby!). I will, if everything goes according to plan, accumulate close to 15 days of paid time off/sick days. So - that will just have to do.
3 weeks just seems so short! I know I will make whatever work...it just makes me sad.
They do have the option for me to take a personal leave. A personal leave is obviously unpaid...but what makes it a no-go option for us is that you loose your insurance...OR you pay the full insurance cost per month...which for Tommy and I would be roughly a gazillion dollars (basically a few thousands of dollars that we wouldn't even be able to pay it). Unreal. So not only would we have no income, but we would have to pay the full health insurance as the hospital wouldn't cover a portion of it any longer. The HR lady told me that they basically fire you and then rehire you when you take a personal leave.
I received a few comments, and a slew of emails about this. I hope this clarified some of the nitty gritty. I'll just keep praying about it - and we'll figure it out...right!??
*btw: I worked on a post last night and tried to upload pictures to it from my computer...and then my hard drive...and then my camera...and the server kept rejecting my pictures!? WHAT!? Does anybody know what the heck is going on with my blogger??