You may receive disability forms from your employer to be completed, this is separate from the state disability insurance. All forms that need to be completed should be dropped off at your Dr.’s office (signed) or emailed to the disability coordinator as a PDF. ( ) Please include the first day of your disability leave, as well as the day you plan to return to work.

Note: Some companies will require additional information for your leave such as office visits from your pregnancy, imaging/lab results, delivery notes/hospital discharge notes etc. This will require us to obtain a medical release form from you. If that is the case the disability coordinator will reach out to you via the patient portal to complete one.

    • You may apply for SDI (state disability insurance) through the state by applying online at or by submitting an original EDD form to our office. Please note: if you decide to complete a paper EDD form, the process takes longer than submitting one electronically.
    • The earliest you can be off work (without any medical reasoning) is 36 weeks in the state of California. This is for Pregnancy. If you need to go out earlier than 36 weeks, the doctor must approve it and the state will require a medical diagnosis which would be provided to the disability coordinator by the doctor.
    • When you are ready to complete your disability through the state, please make sure you are completing an SDI claim. Once you complete that claim, you will then receive a receipt number. You will then need to send that receipt number to the disability email located at the end of this packet. Please do not send the receipt numbers through your patient portal as our system blocks the number and we cannot read it. You can also call us with that number. If you choose to do so you may leave that number on our voice mail as it is confidential.

      Once we receive your receipt number, we will then complete the rest of the process. Once its completed, you will then be notified.

    • Please note; when filling out your SDI claim online, you cannot put the same date for your last day worked with the first day of your disability. If you do, we will ask you to re submit a new claim with the correct dates as EDD will deny it. Also, please do not use any PTO after delivery then try to use State disability as the state will deny your claim. You may use any PTO after your state disability ends.
      After Delivery, depending on how you deliver the state allows 6-8 weeks off. This starts the day you deliver. Your return-to-work date is the date after your 6-8 weeks off are complete. This return-to-work date will not reflect on any additional FMLA “baby bonding” time you are taking.

      Vaginal delivery- 6 weeks (42 days)

      Cesarean delivery- 8 weeks (56 days)

    For any POST PARTUM complications, your doctor will contact the disability department for any extension you may need. You do not need to do anything for this. We submit any extension needed through EDD or any forms from your employer that are needed. Please remember State disability is different than any forms required by your employer. Your employer may reach out to you in regards for additional information if an extension is needed.

    • Once your SDI ends after the 6-8 weeks you may then apply for FMLA (we call this baby bonding) if you choose to for additional time off. Please keep in mind that half of that time will be paid by the state and the other half won’t be. For those claims our office does not need to do anything, the state approves the time off as you are entitled to it in the state of CA. You may receive a message that states you need a doctor’s signature, but you can disregard it. The message is automatically generated whenever a PFL/FMLA claim is filed.
    • For any EDD forms completed electronically, it takes 2-3 business days for it to show on their website after we submit the claim.

      Paper forms may take longer, after mailing it out it can take up to 6 weeks.

      There is a 7-day waiting period which is unpaid.

      You will then receive payment after 14 days.

      EDD uses a 7-day work week, not 5. Therefore, if your disability runs out on a Monday, Tuesday, etc. that would be the end date.

  1. Any FMLA leave claims they apply for through EDD, we do not need to do anything with.
    Their employer may require forms to be completed. If so, again, please send any forms to the disability email ( ) or drop off at any office location.

    • State EDD forms (EDD)
    • State Disability Insurance (SDI) Short term disability (STD) Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Paid Family Leave (PFL)
    • Leave of Absence (LOA)
  2. Any forms that need to be completed is $15 for each form. If 3 or more forms are needed
    $45 will be the MAX charge. This applies to any spouse or caregiver forms that are needed to be processed.

    Any correction forms, extension forms, and return to work forms are NO CHARGE.

    We do not submit any of these form fees to insurance and these fees are non-negotiable unless stated otherwise.
    If you have any questions on this, please reach out to the disability department.

    • Orange Coast Woman’s Medical Group
      24411 Health center Dr. Suite 200 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
      Disability Phone: 949-829-5500 ext. 37348
    • Employment Development Department (EDD) STATE OF CA
      P.O. BOX 989777
      West Sacramento, CA 95798-9777
      Disability Phone: 1-800-480-3287
      Paid Family Leave phone: 1-877-238-4373


    • I thought I cancel my claim once my baby is born and start FMLA?
      No, you will complete your SDI claim before applying for FMLA
    • I delivered; do I need to do anything?
      No, you do not need to do anything, the disability coordinator will update EDD for you.
    • When can I take leave? How does this work? What do I need to do?
      The earliest you may take leave without medical reasoning is 36 weeks in the state of CA, the disability packet will explain step by step on what you need to do.
    • How early can I submit any forms for my leave?
      If it is a form from your employer, you may submit that anytime during your pregnancy. But please make sure you are putting down your start date at 36 weeks.
    • When do I apply for FMLA? What is FMLA and how does it work?
      You may apply for FMLA once your SDI claim ends. FMLA is Family medical leave act, this means you can take additional time off through the state once your SDI claim ends. This additional leave is entitled to patients through the state of CA.
    • When do I get paid? How much? Do I get paid the first day of leave?
      You will receive payment 14 days after your claim date. You will not receive payment for the first week of your leave, EDD has a 7-day waiting period. You will only receive 60 percent of your regular wage while on disability.
    • How does this work, I am a new mom, and this is my first time applying?
      You may submit any forms from your employer to any of our offices or email them as a PDF to our disability coordinator. For SDI claims through the state, you can go on their website and complete an SDI claim. Once completed you will then send the receipt number that is provided to you to our disability coordinator via email or you may call and leave it on the voicemail as it is confidential.
    • Can I email my forms?
      Yes, you may email them as a PDF to our disability coordinator at

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