Hi all! I am 11 weeks +4 pregnant and I am really excited about. I thought why not now since I’m working from home. Questions: 1) when did you tell your Senior Manager about it? 2) do you tell HR as well? For context, this is a high risk pregnancy due to a pre-existing condition I have. I joined Deloitte in March’20 and I know the firm offers paid maternity leave, but am I missing anything else here? Welcoming all tips and advice :) and thank you advance!

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I told my leadership around 14-16 weeks. I contacted HR for the process and paperwork by week 12. I just wouldn’t bring it up all the time, but if you need time for appts it’s already known and doesn’t look like you’re interviewing elsewhere lol.

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Great suggestion, I am seconded to a project so there’s a lot of flexibility as far as going to doctors appt but it’s good to let leadership and HR know just in case. Thank you!

I waited til I was almost 5 months. I told HR first. I didn’t trust my manager and didn’t feel like they would be happy for me. So I waited until I couldn’t hide it anymore.

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Ugh, I am sorry you had to experience that with your manager and I appreciate your advice. Fortunately my SM seems really reasonable and hopefully telling her around week 13-14 won’t be an issue!

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I waited till after my 20 week scan before telling my senior manager. I would just give your team enough notice that you can pass along any responsibilities before you have to take off. I was nervous for my convo but everyone was very positive about it so was stressed for no reason!

You can call 1-800-Deloitte for any leave or benefit questions. Basically they will give you a form where you fill out your expected due date and expected return date which you will have your PPMD sign. You get 6-8 weeks short term disability then 16 weeks leave on top of it. You can take any accrued PTO to take off up to 24 weeks. Obviously have the convo with your team before giving them the form to sign but feel free to call the number for any questions you have even if you’re not comfortable sharing with management yet.

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed but the benefits people did a good job answering all my questions!

Giving birth automatically qualifies you for STD. Believe me you will understand why once you go through the recovery process! Haha. I believe the standard is 6 weeks for a natural delivery and 8 weeks for a c-section.

I told my managing partner first which I think is the right way to go but I don’t know the dynamics at DT or your team. I also told HR right after her because they have support programs and stuff so it’s helpful to plan ahead for that.

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I’ll likely do that! Managing partner and then HR... it’s always good to follow the chain of command! Thank you!!

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