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Timeline: Paid Leave for Birth of a Child

For the Birth Mother

This timeline shows the types of paid leaves a birth mother can use for the birth of a child. Please note:

  • You can only use one type of leave at a time.
  • You need to have accrued time in your bank to use PTO or legacy sick time.
  • If you are not enrolled in the buy-up option for short-term disability, you will need to exhaust your legacy sick time before starting short-term disability.
birth mother timeline


Duration of parental leave: Vanderbilt's parental leave policy provides up to two weeks of paid leave to the eligible parent serving as the primary caregiver following the birth or adoption of a child.

Additional Resources

Understanding Your Short-Term Disability Leave graphic