Disability Policy for Pregnancy
The great majority of expectant mothers can continue to work until late in pregnancy without any problem. Sometimes, however, the physical changes entailed in pregnancy or the demands of a woman’s job can create workplace difficulties.
Please let us know if you have any concerns in this regard. We usually are able to suggest simple steps to deal with the fatigue, morning sickness, or aches and pains that can be particularly challenging while you’re at work.
If you have more serious symptoms, or concerns about potential workplace hazards to you or your baby, we will evaluate the situation and respond accordingly.
When medically appropriate, we will recommend that a pregnant patient be placed on disability leave from her job. Such leave is rarely required, however, and in the absence of a serious condition that would endanger the health of the mother or baby, medical ethics prevents us from making such a recommendation. We will, however, do everything we can to reduce or eliminate pregnancy-related difficulties you may be having at work. This includes writing letters to your employer, when appropriate, to recommend helpful adjustments to your duties.
We can often certify disability to begin a few days before your due date if you are uncomfortable, although many women find that continuing to work takes their mind off the discomfort of late pregnancy. Following an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, we will routinely place you on disability for 6 weeks afterwards. Six weeks is routine following a cesarean section. Any additional time you choose to take off beyond this must be taken in the form of leave and should be arranged directly through your employer.
Again, please tell us of any work-related concerns you may have.