Need help with verbiage asking for a paid maternity leave as part of my offer without apologizing for being pregnant and sounding weak. The company offers a paid maternity leave but after one year of service. The role is project based and has critical deadlines so I’m feeling guilty and insecure for even asking, but we are so excited to be expecting a baby.

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No need you be apologetic, I would go into it saying you’re excited for the role and opportunity but here’s what you need to make it work. I would just negotiate maternity leave as any other thing that’s there to negotiate.

“After having evaluated the offer, I would like to ask for a total compensation closer to xxx in line with what I believe to be market rate for this role. Additionally I am currently pregnant, due in xxx, and while I understand it is company policy to require a years tenure before being eligible for leave, I would have xxx weeks of fully paid maternity leave in my current role and would ask that you match this. I’d also like to understand my options, protections for additional unpaid leave if I were to require it as this is my first baby, and how maternity leave impacts other aspects of pay and benefits…

(In my case they promised me the leave, unpaid, but gave me additional sign on bonus to cover what would have been part of the company top off above what short term disability pays out)


Love it!

The worst they can say is no. Maybe you won’t get the whole benefit, but they might meet you halfway. Or offer full benefit with obligation to repay if you don’t stay a full year post return from leave. Everything is negotiable. Confidently ask what they are able to offer. If they have no ideas, pose the foregoing. Congratulations!!


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