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March 10th, 2010, 10:50 AM
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This is a little OT, but I'm hoping someone here can help. DH can take 6 weeks of paid leave after the baby is born, but he has to take a week of either sick or vacation leave first. To take sick leave for more then one day his work requires a doctor's note. I'm just seeing midwives this time since I'm doing a home birth. I saw my OB a few times for some tests, but that is it. Has anyone had this happen for their DH and just submitted a note from a midwife? Or do you think I'm going to have to call the OB after the birth and try to convince them to write one. I'm not sure they will since I won't be delivering at the hospital. Does that make sense?

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March 10th, 2010, 11:25 AM
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I am sure they will take the note from the midwife, heck, I write people's notes for them all the time! LOL

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March 10th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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I think they would take the midwife's note too. That's so nice that he'll be home for 6 weeks. My DH was home for 6 weeks when Bryson was born and it was soooooo helpful!

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March 10th, 2010, 05:14 PM
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Thanks ladies! DH looked showed me the wording and it's a little weird. I guess for the 6 weeks leave it just says "health care provider" and has midwife as an option, but for that first week where he's supposed to take sick leave it says "doctor". So he contacted HR to see what they say. My mom's a physician, although she's not practicing right now but she still has a current license so I guess she could always write the note if necessary.

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March 10th, 2010, 05:58 PM
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I would think the midwife would be fine, and if not that's great that your mom can do it! I think its fantastic that your DH gets 6 weeks of paid leave! Enjoy your time together!

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March 10th, 2010, 07:42 PM
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6 weeks, wow!
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March 10th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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I'm so jealous! My husband gets 4 days.
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March 10th, 2010, 08:34 PM
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DF gets the same thing, and can use his vacation or sick time for the week prior, but I don't think they require any sort of note if he chooses to use sick time. I would think the midwife's note should be fine.

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March 11th, 2010, 09:18 AM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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That's an awesome leave! I hope HR will consider midwife as the doctor considering it is a valid medical care provider. My DH can only take unpaid FMLA leave, but I think he'll just take a few vacation days.

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