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Moms who have had micropreemies Life'sADance 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ohio 1264 posts
Jan 25th

I had my baby at 26 weeks on 1/24 I called work today to ask for paperwork to be sent for my time off work. The hr department said 8 weeks is the normal amount of time for a csection, the problem is in 8 weeks my son will only be 34 weeks even if I took the 12 week fmla he will only be 38 weeks. I am absolutely not ok with sending him to a babysitters before he is even due to be born. What did you do about taking off time from work, how do I go about not losing my job?
thanks for your help!

Mgk Due September 16; 1 child; Pasadena, MD, United States 2420 posts
Jan 25th

I have a micropreemie, if you have questions. My DD was born at 26 weeks you can message me and I'll give you my messager FBI so you can talk if you want

SpidermansMommy 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Ohio 6771 posts
Jan 25th

I believe you can get the 12-week FMLA AFTER your 8 weeks for the c-section are up (assuming you get some sort of pay for being off for your section), which would give you a total of 20 weeks off. If you don't get paid, however, I'm not sure how that works. I had a micro-preemie (27 weeks), but I wasn't working at the time. Hopefully someone else will be able to give you answers. I absolutely would not be comfortable sending a preemie to daycare immediately, especially considering he might just be getting out of the hospital at that time. My daughter came home at 36 weeks, a full month before her due date. Boys generally have a little rougher NICU course than girls, though, so there's definitely no guarantees at this point on when he might come home. Good luck, Mama! They don't call it a roller coaster ride for nothing.

Life'sADance 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ohio 1264 posts
Jan 25th

Quoting Mgk:
I have a micropreemie, if you have questions. My DD was born at 26 weeks you can message me and I'll give you my messager FBI so you can talk if you want


Thank you!!

.Bubbles. 3 kids; United States 1717 posts
Jan 25th

I used to work with a girl who had 3 micropreemies. They were born at 26, 27 and 28 weeks. She took a few weeks to heal, then went back to work while her babies were still in NICU and took the rest of her leave when they were discharged. Another friend did something similar. Her son was born at 28 weeks. She took 6 weeks off, went back to work, then took the other 6 after he was discharged. I'm sorry. That has to be so hard. If only this country was more gracious with leave, but I don't see that happening any time soon, if ever.

Life'sADance 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ohio 1264 posts
Jan 25th

Quoting SpidermansMommy:
I believe you can get the 12-week FMLA AFTER your 8 weeks for the c-section are up (assuming you get some sort of pay for being off for your section), which would give you a total of 20 weeks off. If you don't get paid, however, I'm not sure how that works. I had a micro-preemie (27 weeks), but I wasn't working at the time. Hopefully someone else will be able to give you answers. I absolutely would not be comfortable sending a preemie to daycare immediately, especially considering he might just be getting out of the hospital at that time. My daughter came home at 36 weeks, a full month before her due date. Boys generally have a little rougher NICU course than girls, though, so there's definitely no guarantees at this point on when he might come home. Good luck, Mama! They don't call it a roller coaster ride for nothing.


Thank you!

lamb_nodules 2 kids; United Kingdom 3536 posts
Jan 25th

Quoting .Bubbles.:
I used to work with a girl who had 3 micropreemies. They were born at 26, 27 and 28 weeks. She took a few weeks to heal, then went back to work while her babies were still in NICU and took the rest of her leave when they were discharged. Another friend did something similar. Her son was born at 28 weeks. She took 6 weeks off, went back to work, then took the other 6 after he was discharged. I'm sorry. That has to be so hard. If only this country was more gracious with leave, but I don't see that happening any time soon, if ever.


How sad. To me, that is disgraceful, that there aren't mechanisms in place for that. 

Good luck, OP. I hope you figure it out. All the best to you and your little baby. 

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 8660 posts
Jan 25th

If your employer fails you, or just in general look into getting SSI for them and/or disability extension for you. you could qualify for temporary 90 days.

ask your nicu nurse to speak with a social worker or someone, thy have the best resources within the nicu to help

Life'sADance 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ohio 1264 posts
Jan 25th

Quoting Have Heart:
If your employer fails you, or just in general look into getting SSI for them and/or disability extension for you. you could qualify for temporary 90 days.

ask your nicu nurse to speak with a social worker or someone, thy have the best resources within the nicu to help


Thank you!!

Life'sADance 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ohio 1264 posts
Jan 25th

Quoting .Bubbles.:
I used to work with a girl who had 3 micropreemies. They were born at 26, 27 and 28 weeks. She took a few weeks to heal, then went back to work while her babies were still in NICU and took the rest of her leave when they were discharged. Another friend did something similar. Her son was born at 28 weeks. She took 6 weeks off, went back to work, then took the other 6 after he was discharged. I'm sorry. That has to be so hard. If only this country was more gracious with leave, but I don't see that happening any time soon, if ever.


That is actually a fantastic idea