Temporary pregnancy and childbirth disability leave
Temporary pregnancy and childbirth disability leave is available to birth mothers for prenatal and postpartum medical needs. Most often, this leave is used 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 pregnancy and childbirth disability leave is a designation, not a type of accrued leave.
For birth mothers, temporary pregnancy disability leave is in addition to parental leave. Once through your recovery period, 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).
To continue your pay during temporary pregnancy and childbirth disability leave, you may use:
- Sick leave
- Annual leave
- Personal holiday
- Compensatory time
- Discretionary leave
You also may have the option to take leave without pay.