Temporary disability leave for pregnancy and childbirth
Temporary disability leave for pregnancy and childbirth is available to birth mothers for prenatal and postpartum medical needs. Most often, this leave is used in the six weeks immediately following childbirth (eight weeks if the birth is by caesarean section). Additional leave may be approved if you have complications and your health-care provider recommends a longer period.
Temporary disability leave for pregnancy and childbirth is an approved leave of absence, not a type of accrued time off.
For birth mothers, temporary disability leave for pregnancy is in addition to parental leave. Following temporary disability leave for pregnancy, you may take parental leave to bond with your new child.
Request leave by following your department’s usual leave request procedure. In addition, you must submit a health-care provider certification form to your leave specialist (not to your supervisor).
- For campus staff: FMLA (campus) Parental/Maternity Leave for Birth Mother (MS Word)
- For medical centers: FMLA (med centers) Personal Serious Health Condition - Maternity/Pregnancy (PDF)
When otherwise normal pregnancy results in physiological changes that necessitate workplace accommodation, the University will provide reasonable accommodation as outlined on the Pregnancy Accommodation webpage.
To continue your pay during temporary disability leave for pregnancy and childbirth, you may use:
- Sick time off
- Vacation time off
- Personal holiday
- Compensatory time off
- Discretionary leave off
You also may have the option to take unpaid time off.