Having a Baby

Mothers and fathers have the same right to take FMLA leave to bond with a newborn child. A mother can also take FMLA leave for prenatal care, incapacity related to pregnancy, and for her own serious health condition following the birth of a child. A father can also use FMLA leave to care for his spouse who is incapacitated due to pregnancy or child birth.

FMLA Leave for pregnancy, birth and bonding with your newborn should be requested 30 days in advance of the need for leave.

Spouses who are eligible for FMLA leave and are employed by the County and/or Henrico County Public Schools are jointly entitled to a combined total of up to 13 weeks of FMLA leave for the birth and care of the newborn child, and for placement of a child for adoption or foster care. Leave for birth of and care for a child, or placement for adoption or foster care must conclude within 12 months of the birth or placement.

If you plan to add your newborn to your existing County health insurance, you have 60 calendar days from the date of birth or adoption to add the child to your coverage.