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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Adoption and maternity leave (Adoption Q & A)

I am female nurse working for a private hospital in kolkata West Bengal). I am in the process of adopting a girl child. My question to you is, am I entitled to a maternity leave? If yes, for how many days. What are the other related rules associated with it.

Sometime in 2007 Indian Parliament has passed a legislation allowing the employees of central government to avail maternity leave for up to 120 days. You can read the government order at this link.

There are many private organizations that are extending benefits such as maternity leave to adoptive parents and I suggest that you check with your employer. In case if they don’t, I suggest that you substantiate the need to have a policy in place.

In a biological birth, maternity leave is extended up to 120 days even though we know that physically mother might be fine in a week after delivery. It is done to enable the parents to bond with the child. Same rules (argument based on bonding) must be applied in extending maternity leave to adoptive parents.

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