Throughout my search, I had assumed that most places did more than the bare legal minimum (time you take off for maternity doesn't count towards your tenure clock, but you do not get paid) when it comes to maternity leave. For example, one of my colleagues has half-time paid maternity (OR paternity) leave at his institution. I commented that that sounded very posh (esp. the paternity leave), and he told me that the general sentiment at the school was that it wasn't, because it should be full-time pay, not half-time. This gave me the general sense that I should expect maternity leave to be partially paid. It is rough, though, because HR people don't generally offer information about maternity leave, and I felt weird asking on interviews. It seems like the only way to learn about this type of thing is to snoop around on the school's website and hope there's information about it posted.
Long story short, I discovered in my search that half-assed, bare-minimum policies appear to be the norm. Not a single place I interviewed at offered paid maternity leave. I don't understand how this can be. How can anyone have kids under this policy? Mortgages are made based on family income, so if half of your income (or more, if you are the primary earner) disappears, how are you expected to function? There is no way I could save several months' salary to keep us afloat if I were to ever become pregnant. So I guess I'm just not supposed to have kids?
In short, this #&*@ing sucks. That's all I wanted to say.