When communicating with your employer about an impending birth, you need to know your rights

Milk Your Benefits will help you!

Whether you're a pregnant/new mother or an expectant father/partner, you're likely concerned about how much you can get paid during your leave and for how long you'll have job protection. This is an especially complicated matter when taking into account employer, state and federal leave of absence policies. 

Mothers - Pregnancy and Maternity Leave

  • I will carefully review all of your available maternity benefit policies to ensure the maximum amount of time off under leave laws such as FMLA
  • I will provide an estimated timeline of approximately how much paid maternity leave you can receive from sources such as CA SDI, company STD and parental leave policies
  • By the end of our consultation, you'll be able to effectively communicate with HR about your leave plans
  • With a clear understanding of the issues at hand, you will not forfeit any income or be misled into believing that you need to return to work before it's absolutely necessary
  • If you choose not to return to work, we can map out your exit strategy


The Milk Your Benefits fee is money well spent on

complete clarity and peace of mind


Q: I think I understand how my leave will work: Do you think it's still worth it to set up an appointment?
A: Yes. Even if I only confirm what you already know, at least you will have an expert making sure that nothing slips through the cracks. Chances are, if you're on this website it's because you are unsure of something related to your maternity/paternity benefits; my service is guaranteed to bring peace of mind. And remember, the consultation fee is a lot less expensive than losing out on thousands of dollars of income or extra time at home with your baby.

Q: For how long can I receive disability?

A: The length of your disability is, for the most part, determined solely by your doctor. There is, however, one portion of time during the leave that potentially allows for individual control. I will help you receive the maximum time off.

Q: How do I know if I'm eligible for SDI and PFL (paid family leave)?

A: If you have deductions on your paycheck for SDI and have been paying into the program over the past 5-18 months, then you're eligible and may receive payments pending the EDD application and approval process.

Fathers - Paternity Leave

Even though fathers may not be physically disabled by pregnancy, they are just as deserving of a leave of absence when their significant others give birth. Unfortunately, California paternity leave laws don't necessarily apply to everyone, so it's important to understand how long of a leave you can take. The amount of paternity leave available depends on a complex web of circumstances ranging from the size of the employer to date of hire.

  • I will carefully review all of your available leave policies to ensure the maximum amount of time off
  • I will provide an estimate of how much paid parental leave is available from sources such as PFL
  • By the end of our consultation, you'll be able to communicate your leave of absence plans to HR
  • We will craft a tailor-made negotiation strategy based upon your goals, since partners sometimes take intermittent leave

Adoptive & Same-Sex Parents

Just like with pregnant mothers and their partners, adoptive and same-sex parents are entitled to time away from work to bond with their children. I will ensure that you receive the exact same services as mentioned above in the Paternity Leave section.

Maternity & Paternity Leave Help for Employees