Bonding Leave

All benefits-eligible employees who have had a child through birth, adoption or the placement of a foster child receive six weeks of paid bonding leave. Bonding leave is paid through REI payroll and will appear on your pay statement under the Parental Leave pay code.

This leave can be taken at any time during the first year following a child’s birth, adoption or placement for adoption or foster care. Unless otherwise allowed by law, bonding leave can be taken as one continuous leave, or it can be taken in two increments. If taken in two increments, each must be no less than two work weeks in length.

As applicable, REI paid bonding leave will run concurrently with state, federal or REI leaves. You must be employed at REI and eligible for REI benefits at the time of your child’s birth, adoption or foster placement to be eligible for bonding leave.

Requesting Bonding Leave

Initiate or update requests for paid bonding leave through REI Health Guide at 1-800-451-2967 (select Leaves & Disability) or online through


REI Saver and Choice Medical Plans

Beginning Right Maternity

If you’re enrolled in the REI Choice or Saver Medical Plan and are starting a family, Aetna’s Beginning Right Maternity program can help. The program, staffed by nurses with maternity experience, provides:

  • Educational materials (available in English and Spanish) on prenatal care, labor and delivery, and newborn care
  • A pregnancy survey to help determine whether a risk for certain complications exists
  • A pre-term labor program to support high-risk women
  • Access to specially trained nurses for high-risk mothers-to-be
  • One-on-one counseling to help pregnant women quit smoking

Aetna Resources for LivingEmployee Assistance Program (EAP)

To support your growing family, the EAP provides information and resources to assist you before, during and after a new child joins your family through birth or adoption.

They can’t change diapers or help you with late-night feedings, but the EAP can help make your life a little easier. Get support with:

  • Prenatal care
  • Relationship counseling
  • Counseling for postpartum wellness and mental health
  • Support and information for the non-expecting parent
  • Managing stress

There’s a lot that goes into having a new bundle of joy. Aetna Resources for Living is here to keep your family happy, healthy and heading in the right direction. Call 1-800-451-2967 to talk to a consultant or visit to access useful articles and guidebooks. (Username: REI; password: EAP)

Kaiser Maternity Resources

As you prepare to welcome your new baby, Kaiser is here to give you the care and support you need for a happy, healthy pregnancy. You’re bound to have lots of questions, and we have answers, articles, videos, checklists, and resources to guide you through every stage—from a positive pregnancy test, to delivery day, to life with your little one.

For employees in CA, CO or WA enrolled in Kaiser coverage, take a look here for more information.

Leave of Absence Tool

Use the Leaves of Absence Tool to understand how much time off and pay is available to you based on your specific situation.

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