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No. 263-Maternity Leave in Normal Pregnancy

      Abstract

      Objective

      To assist maternity care providers in recognizing and discussing health- and illness-related issues in pregnancy and their relationship to maternity benefits.

      Evidence

      Published literature was retrieved through searches of PubMed or Medline, CINAHL, and The Cochrane Library in 2009 using appropriate controlled vocabulary (e.g., maternity benefits) and key words (e.g., maternity, benefits, pregnancy). Results were restricted to systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials/controlled clinical trials, and observational studies. There were no date or language restrictions. Searches were updated on a regular basis and incorporated in the guideline to December 2009. Grey (unpublished) literature was identified through searching the web sites of health technology assessment and health technology assessment-related agencies, clinical practice guideline collections, clinical trial registries, and national and international medical specialty societies.

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      References

        • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
        Employment Insurance (EI) and maternity, parental and sickness benefits.
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        • Government of Quebec
        Quebec Parental Insurance Plan.
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        • Alberta Perinatal Health Program
        Health-related maternity leave in the uncomplicated pregnancy and birth, February 2008.
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