Pregnancy

You may be thrilled at the idea of taking maternity leave (all that time to spend focused on your brand-new baby without thinking about work!) or panicked (all that time to spend focused on your brand-new baby without thinking about work?). Chances are you’re a little bit of both. To ease your mind and smooth your path, Babble offers tips for planning your maternity leave, maternity leave and back-to-work stories from moms who’ve been through it, and a guide to your rights at work. You can also check out our survey of maternity leave benefits around the world. (Prepare to be jealous – and perhaps outraged.) And you’ll hear from a dad who’s taking paternity leave, and wondering why more dads aren’t doing the same.