Paid Family Leave - Mothers

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Are you pregnant or a new Mom?

Start here to learn more about your California Paid Family Leave (PFL) options!

If you’re a foster care or adoptive mom, visit the Foster Care/Adoptive Parents page.

Did You Know?

As a pregnant mom, you can receive up to four weeks of Disability Insurance (DI) benefits for a normal pregnancy before your expected due date. You can also receive up to six weeks (for normal delivery) or eight weeks (for Cesarean section) of DI benefits after your delivery to recover from childbirth. New moms with an active DI-related pregnancy claim will automatically be sent a form to transition to PFL. So if you’re a pregnant mom, start with a DI claim first and transition to PFL to bond with your new baby.

Note: If you are a mother who has a pregnancy-related DI claim, you will receive a transitional PFL claim form, Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) – New Mother (DE 2501FP), with your final DI payment. If your pregnancy-related DI claim ends prior to July 1, 2020, you can wait to submit the DE 2501FP form until July 1, 2020, or any date thereafter to file your transitional PFL bonding claim to be eligible for the eight weeks of benefits.

For more information, see Paid Family Leave (PFL) Bonding Benefits (DE 2508) (PDF).

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for California PFL benefits, you must:

  • Have welcomed a new child into the family in the past 12 months either through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
  • Have paid into State Disability Insurance (noted as “CASDI” on paystubs) in the past 5 to 18 months.
  • Not have taken the maximum 6 weeks of PFL in the past 12 months.
    Fun fact: You can break up your six weeks of leave. You don’t have to take it all at once!

Citizenship and immigration status do not affect eligibility.

If you’re still not sure, read more about Eligibility Requirements to find out if you qualify for PFL.

San Francisco workers: Your employer may be required to provide supplemental compensation to you if you are receiving PFL benefits for bonding with a new child through birth, adoption, or foster care placement. For more information, visit the City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO).

Calculate Your Benefit Amount

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File a Claim

If you think you’re eligible for PFL, the next step is to file a claim.