maternity leave

a leave of absence for an expectant or new mother for the birth and care of the baby.

1965–70 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
maternity leave
a period of paid absence from work, in Britain currently six months, to which a woman is legally entitled during the months immediately before and after childbirth

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Example sentences
One year state paid maternity leave with a nanny provided.
One day after notifying campus officials that she planned to take a maternity
  leave, the job offer was withdrawn.
Maternity leave is available after six months of contract work.
Companies are going beyond federal law and giving mothers a year or longer for
  maternity leave, then taking them back.
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