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Maternity and Parental Leave

Maternity / Parental Leave

Harvard offers a total of 13 weeks of medical leave in connection to childbirth and recovery for birth mothers. Eligible staff members and postdoctoral fellows receive eight weeks of paid leave under short-term disability, four weeks of paid parental leave and one additional week that can be paid using accrued vacation or personal time, or taken unpaid.

Leave for birth or adoptive parents includes up to four weeks of paid time off, to be taken within the 13 weeks following birth or placement for adoption.

For more information, please visit Parental Leave. Please also see the policy on Pregnancy in the Workplace.