Maternity leave is the name for taking time off from work after you have a baby. The amount of time that your maternity leave lasts varies a lot depending on what country you live in, the company you work for, and your financial situation. Paternity leave is the counterpart of maternity leave for dads and partners. It can be challenging to understand what is covered by your employer, navigate federal or state programs, and prepare financially for your family. Planning for maternity leave is a big project, and this episode breaks it down into manageable tasks that you can knock out so that you are prepared to be off from work and enjoy spending time with your new baby.