Maternity and Paternity Leave

So you've got a new child at home -- you'd probably like to get to know your baby a bit better before returning to the office. Read up on maternity and paternity leave.


In the U.S., few companies offered parental leave for fathers — and men often felt a stigma if they took it. But the millennial generation is changing that.

The decision to return to work after maternity leave depends on a variety of factors including finances, job fulfillment, parenting philosophy and mother-baby separation issues. Learn more about when you should return from maternity leave from this article.

If you hadn't just delivered a 9-pound baby, you'd be walking the dog, dusting the end tables and baking cupcakes for your first grader's school bake sale. Let your in-laws lend a hand -- they'll be glad to help if you give them a specific task. Here are 10.

One of the hardest parts of motherhood is tearing yourself away from your new baby to head back to work. Why does maternity leave end just when things are getting good?

If you're a working mom-to-be, chances are you're hoping to take some maternity leave to spend time with your new baby. What should you ask your employer before you go?

Busy days and sleepless nights -- welcome to parenthood. Everything changes when you have a baby especially your daily routine. However, it's important to carve out some 'me time' every now and then.

As you enjoy maternity leave, you'll be expected to supply updates on your baby to those outside your family, and some people will be more interested than others. How should you talk to other adults while you're on maternity leave?

Having a baby changes everything. Your social life temporarily goes on hold while you adjust to a new lifestyle and routine. But don't forget to take some 'me time' every now and then. Can you remember the last time you talked to another grown-up?

Does your body feel heavy? Are your eyes starting to blur everything together? If you answered yes to either of those two questions ... then you are probably not getting enough sleep! Learn about the signs of sleep deprivation.

Raising children is a full-time job, but do you ever find yourself missing the office? Our image gallery will help you figure out if you're ready to go back to work.

Once your baby arrives, you may be hoping to escape the office and stay home with your little one. But how do you know if you can afford not to go back to work once your maternity leave is over?

Few new moms are able to nab the quality sleep they need, but maternity leave may be a good time to try. How can you squeeze in a little extra sleep while taking care of a newborn?

The decision to return to work after having a child can be agonizing for many women, but is staying home the right option for you? How do you know what's best for you and your family?