Pregnant women and women undergoing surgery may qualify for temporary disability through their employers or through the state of California. If you are undergoing surgery with one of Selah's providers, you will be provided with paperwork for your employer specifying recommended time-off for recovery. Any additional forms your employer may require can be dropped off at the office for completion.
In pregnancy, state law requires that a physician certify the medical legitimacy for disability. Pregnancy itself or common pregnancy discomforts are not considered legal grounds for disability. This remains true even if an employer places a woman on unpaid leave because she is considered unable to fulfill the rigors of her job description due to pregnancy. A woman must also meet one of these additional criteria to be eligible for temporary disability assistance:
- Be at least 36 weeks pregnant in an uncomplicated pregnancy
- Be on physician-recommended bedrest for a medical or pregnancy complication (such as heart failure, preterm labor, severe respiratory disease)
- Have a pregnancy complication that requires strict activity restriction, frequent fetal monitoring, or hospitalization (such as hypertension, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, twin/triplet pregnancy, etc.)
Please be mindful that our physicians uphold high standards for integrity in certifying temporary disability applications and are accountable to the state of California for using the authority of their medical licenses to obligate taxpayer funds for distribution. This same integrity is what patients value so much in trusting them with their healthcare.