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Maternity leave 101

An introduction to this class

So you just found out you're pregnant — congrats! Now comes all the planning

Knowing your rights when it comes to maternity leave and setting a plan can be overwhelming. Motherly's head of HR, Tonika Starks lead you through everything you'll need to know, from start to finish, so you can head into your pregnancy with confidence.

This class will focus on:

  • When and how to tell your boss and coworkers you're pregnant

  • Creating a maternity leave plan

  • Knowing your rights when it comes to paid/parental leave, what maternity leave options may be available, and when to request them

  • How to determine if your state has wage replacement and/or temporary disability benefits, the process for requesting these benefits, and coordinating these benefits with other parental leave wage replacement plans

  • When to add your newborn to your health insurance plan

  • When to contact HR to update your leave dates

  • ACA requirements for breastfeeding support and supplies

  • The importance of disconnecting from work while on maternity leave

  • How to remind peers/clients of your leave status and when to organize check ins with your boss if necessary

  • Your return to work plan including what day to return, your pumping plan, when to discuss your return with your boss, setting realistic return goals, whether to transition back to full or part time, and how to catch yourself up and get back in the know

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Welcome & introduction

  2. 2
    • I’m pregnant, now what?

  3. 3
    • Creating a maternity leave plan

  4. 4
    • Knowing your rights

  5. 5
    • Requesting maternity leave/parental leave

  6. 6
    • State wage replacement and temporary disability benefits

  7. 7
    • I just gave birth, now what?

  8. 8
    • While on leave

  9. 9
    • Returning to work

Meet the instructor


Tonika Starks

Tonika Starks, SHRM-SCP is the Director of People at Motherly. Tonika leverages her HR expertise to advocate and support employees. She is passionate about positively impacting the lives of anyone she meets and empowering them to maximize their potential.