Hopefully someone can help me make sense of it all. I am expecting in January and have been told that my employer does not have maternity leave but that i can take my annual leave and sick leave. I am an employee of a department of the state of south carolina and it really surprises me that we have no maternity leave NOR supplemental insurance. I have tried to find an answer through surfing the web etc to better understand the FMLA but i just dont seem to understand it. I just cant believe that there is no help for women who give birth other than their using their annual leave/sick leave. I have been saving up time ever since we started trying to have ababy and by the time she gets here I will just have 6 weeks. So I guess my question is- what exactly does the FMLA do if all it is saying is that by law your employer must allow you to take leave be it unpaid or using your annual/sick leave? And even then they can put restrictions on it??? Please help clarify.