Florida financial assistance programs show their weaknesses most when mom and dad have to stop working after the birth of a newborn baby.

Childbirth stresses resources. There may be leftover medical bills, combined with lost income. Losing your job makes matter worse.

Learn your rights during maternity leave based on the federal laws which may apply.


The state of Florida does not replace your income while injured or sick. Do not look to the government for financial help during a temporary leave of absence from work.

Parents planning to have children have to purchase a policy privately. Do not wait until you are about to leave work to purchase coverage. By then it will be too late.