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As you stare at your pregnancy calendar, you may be considering many things, including the financial aspects of being pregnant and giving birth. With many households in need of two incomes to survive financially, knowing the extent of your maternity benefits will help you to plan accordingly.
Understanding Maternity Leave
If you are presently working, you want to discuss your maternity leave options with your employer. Maternity leave constitutes the amount of time that you are allowed off work to give birth and recover from the delivery. Depending on the employer, your maternity leave may consist of a combination of sick time, vacation, personal days and unpaid leave. Short-term disability may also be a possible coverage option, depending on your employer. With this type of leave, you are paid a salary or part of one to tend to your medical needs.
Taking Maternity Leave
Each woman is different in regards to taking maternity leave. If you experience a great deal of discomfort in the final weeks of your pregnancy, you might choose to start your leave then. Some women mark their pregnancy calendar to take time off beginning a week before their delivery date.
Your Health Insurance Maternity Benefits
Each health insurance plan will vary in the types of coverage offered. You may be required to pay a percentage of all charges related to doctors’ visits and the hospital stay. In other cases, there may be a co-pay for each doctor’s visit and a cap on the maternity coverage. Check with your health insurance carrier early on in the process to understand your particular coverage plan.