Something like?



I think you can say

今、[育児休業中]{いくじきゅうぎょうちゅう} / [育児休暇中]{いくじきゅうかちゅう}です。

for "I'm on paternal leave" (In Japan, normally starting 8 weeks after the birth of the child and ending by the time when the child turns one year old... I think), and


for "I'm on maternity leave" (In Japan, normally for 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after the birth of the child... I think).


育児休業 is the right word.

If you are the woman giving birth, you could also use 産休.

  • 1
    I presume the OP didn't guess the word 育児休業 and knew it to be the right word, but isn't sure how to use it. A priori, there might be many options, the OP suggested 育児休業です; 育児休業を取っています, 育児休業中です, 育児休業をしています, etc., might be other options. As it stands, I don't think the answer is of much practical value.
    – Earthliŋ
    Feb 1 '14 at 19:52
  • Ok, do i just put です after? Or する?
    – heffaklump
    Feb 1 '14 at 19:58
  • I am a man also, if that makes a difference?
    – heffaklump
    Feb 1 '14 at 19:58
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    父親の育児休業 is a valid expression, but if you, a male, are talking to someone, then saying you are "on parental leave" is probably understood to mean "on paternity leave" and not "on maternity leave".
    – Earthliŋ
    Feb 1 '14 at 20:17

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