Becoming a mother is one of the greatest things that a woman can ever experience. For women who are part of the workforce, though, becoming pregnant may pose some inconveniences work-wise. The good news is that there are maternity benefits afforded to women when they give birth. Maternity benefits are perks that women who just give birth receive in order for them to be able to spend time with their newborn.
The main maternity benefit that a working woman receives is a maternity leave of absence. The length of the leave depends on the company that you work for, but in general, this will last for at least several weeks. You may start your maternity leave a few weeks before your due date, and the leave applies for several more weeks after the birth.
During this period, you may continue to receive your wages as if you were working. Some companies will allow you to extend your maternity leave, but the extension may be unpaid. Whether or not you continue to receive your wages during your maternity leave will depend on the company that you work for. While the leave of absence is mandated by law, the pay is always required. More so, you have to meet certain requirements before you can qualify for the leave. Often, these requirements include having worked with the same company for a minimum period. As for the amount that you will receive during your maternity leave, you may receive 100 percent of your wages. In some cases, you will only receive a portion of your wages.