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Work and Maternity Leave

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Working moms take maternity leave, but it's still unusual for a new father to take paternity leave. Here's why it's good for both new parents when a dad stays home for a while with baby
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In Sweden, fathers who do not stay home post-baby are considered old-fashioned. Here is what one Swedish man learned after living as a stay-at-home dad.
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News that Swedish politicians are pushing to add a third month (!) to its paternity leave policy made me wonder: What would I do with all that time?
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Scheduling an earlier delivery date might create complications for your infant
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I don’t want to go back to work, but I never thought I’d be a stay-home mom. What should I do?
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Ways to ease the emotional transition
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Now I’m back from maternity leave, how can I relate to my coworkers?
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Yes, you can keep nursing when you return to work!
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What’s the best way to tell my boss and coworkers I’m expecting?
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The real costs of having a baby
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One father shares his fears about financing a family addition
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How one mom managed her first day back a the office
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Negotiating with your spouse the pros and cons of staying home
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When money is tight, how to get the prenatal care you need
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You're now on maternity leave, and even though you'd planned to go back to work, you can't imagine leaving your baby's side. Or perhaps you never...
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3,120 new moms tell who gets it, who doesn’t, and what it’s really like during the time away from work
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Have a plan in place
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It’s a working mother’s nightmare: You return from maternity leave to find that a colleague has taken over your biggest account
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No matter how nervous you are, your maternity leave is one matter you must address in a timely, professional way. By preparing for such a discussion, you can cut a good deal with your boss -- and cut...
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Maternity Leave: Making the Transition
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Lots. Here’s how to buy what you need without breaking the family bank
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You're supposed to be on maternity leave, but you keep getting calls, faxes, and express packages from work. What can you do? We asked readers for...
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What happens when Dad stays home?
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Mothers-to-be often daydream about an idyllic maternity leave. But the realities of life at home with Baby can be a real wake-up call
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New mothers often feel caught in a tug-of-war between family and career. Is a part-time schedule the answer?

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