Parental Leave Checklist for Expecting Moms and Dads

Parental Leave Checklist for Expecting Moms and Dads

For expecting parents, a new baby means a lot of things to prepare for from packing the hospital bag to filling the nursery.  Additionally, working parents know that preparing to take leave from the office can bring its own list of to-dos.  An out of office email message should be the least of your worries come delivery time!  No matter where you’re at in your pregnancy, there are steps you can take to plan a smooth departure so that you can focus on your little one, and not work projects.

Bestow created an easy interactive parental leave checklist you can use to plan your maternity (or paternity) leave.  It includes tasks like discussing your expected leave date and how long you’ll be out of the office and adding a new child to your health care plan.  Further, whether it’s an HR representative, your supervisor, or your team, this checklist will help everyone prepare for the time you’ll be out.  It even includes items to consider when coming back to the office like altering your work schedule and finding childcare.

You know what’s best for you and your baby.  This parental leave checklist will help you ease any stress about leaving and allow you to fully enjoy one of the best days of your life.

If you’re unsure of the family leave laws in your state, Bestow created an easy guide to who is covered and what is provided:

 

parental leave checklist

Looking for more parental leave resources?  Check out a few below:

Maternity Leave planning interview

What to expect on maternity leave

Momtra: Mantras for modern working moms!

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34 Comments

  1. Julie April 25, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Wow I didn’t know all US states had different policies. OMG at Hawaii!

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  2. Despite Pain April 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    What an excellent resource for any soon to be parents. Laws about rights can be so complicated especially when they are different in different states. Very useful post.

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  3. Melody April 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Great information for those expecting a baby. It’s a wonder how all the states can take such different approaches to something like this. It pays to do your research.

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  4. The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co. April 26, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I was glad to see that the state where I live, MA is planning to provide extended paid benefits in 2021. Bonding time with new additions is so important.

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    1. Rachael Marini April 26, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      It’s so important; as is allowing a woman to recover mentally and physically

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  5. Trish Veltman April 27, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Wow, that’s some variation between states. You’ve shared a real useful resource here.

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  6. Snehal April 27, 2019 at 6:22 am

    That is a big help from Bestow for creating such an easy parental leave checklist. Would be sharing with would be parents. 🙂

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  7. jerry godinho April 27, 2019 at 9:32 am

    i should have read this 15 years ago when we had a daughter. A very detailed and insightful post into the various states and what they have to offer. Keep up the good work

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    1. Rachael Marini April 27, 2019 at 9:49 am

      Pass it along to any families who might be in need of this info!

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  8. Charmaine Daisley April 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    This is a very helpful list for expecting parents. Preparing the baby necessities somewhat takes a backstage when you have to ensure you get maximum time at home with baby for bonding and early nurturing. Really great information shared here.

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  9. Lindsay Brown April 28, 2019 at 4:26 am

    This is a really great resource as Im sure every parent is anxious to to know kind of leave they can get with their newborn.

    I’m From Canada, and our parental leave laws are quite different so this was really interesting to see.

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  10. Lauren | My Favorite Job Title Is Mom April 28, 2019 at 10:44 am

    These are great resources! I especially like the information about leave in each state. California 6 weeks paid was nice. I’ll miss that in IL. I’m planning to look into short term disability insurance to provide some paid leave after childbirth.

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    1. Rachael Marini April 28, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      That’s a great solution! Really unfair that it’s necessary though

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  11. Live Learn better April 28, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Great info for those in that window. That boat has sailed here, and WILL never return….;)

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    1. Rachael Marini April 28, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      Hahah I’m on the last month of maternity leave with #2 so that boat is about to be sailed for me too!!

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  12. Danielle April 28, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! This is so helpful! I work in HR and help with all of the leaves. I’m book marking these state laws for us to use! 🙂

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    1. Rachael Marini April 28, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      Oh wonderful!! You must be a wealth of knowledge too!

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  13. Subhashish Roy April 28, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    A well thought out check list which can serve as a ready reckoner for all expecting parents. Also good to learn about leave laws in your land.

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  14. Thuy April 29, 2019 at 7:07 am

    This is super helpful for working parents! My friends who had a baby were worried about who would work during maternity leave and they claimed that after a certain point they started to miss work and to be worried about not making money. So sad that we have to choose between providing for our family and quality time with newborns at such a crucial age in some cases.

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    1. Rachael Marini April 29, 2019 at 7:58 am

      I agree. I don’t have a perfect solution but sure seems like our current policies are broken. I’m fortune to work for a company who goes above and beyond for working moms (16 weeks full pay!!). I’m in the minority.

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  15. Gwendolyn April 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    The list for each state is very helpful! I had no idea there were different leaves per state. This post is very informative for working moms (and dads)! When I had my daughter, I scheduled a 12 week leave under FMLA, but I was able to use sick days for the leave making it 12 weeks of a paid leave. I’m a teacher and that option was available to me! In fact, some of my friends had enough sick days saved up to extend their paid leave several weeks, taking up to 3 additional months. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Rachael Marini April 29, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Using FMLA plus vacation and sick days is a great way to extend leave! Our country needs to do better though!

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  16. Tracy @ Cleland Clan April 29, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    My school actually let me use FMLA for paid time off when my first grandchild was born. I took two weeks off to go and stay with them, 300 miles away. I had to do many of the items on this checklist. The hardest part was having lesson plans ready to go at the drop of a hat.

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    1. Rachael Marini April 29, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      That’s really great that you were able to do this! I bet you were a huge help!

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  17. Erica (The Prepping Wife) April 30, 2019 at 6:07 am

    You’ve given some incredible resources here, especially for first time parents who may not know about these things! My buddy is getting ready to settle down, get married, and have kids fairly soon. I’m going to be passing this information along to him and his girlfriend so they’ll be better prepared when that time comes.

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  18. Debra Roberts April 30, 2019 at 7:05 am

    What a great idea! I’d love to share this on my OB Nursing page. I will bookmark it for backlinking!

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  19. Trish May 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Wow! This post was so informative. I had no idea that the states had such vast differences! America is so far behind other countries. I wonder if we valued family time and experiences, what would happen!

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