A new father who is a Federal employee is entitled to use his sick leave (up to a maximum of 12 weeks) to accompany his wife to medical appointments, to be with her during her hospitalization, and to care for her during her recovery period (about 6 to 8 weeks). If the new father does not have sufficient sick leave to cover his wife’s full recovery period, he may request donated annual leave through the leave transfer and/or leave bank programs. If the new father would like additional time off to care for the newborn, he may use up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the FMLA. He may choose to substitute his annual leave (which he accrues at a rate of 13, 20, or 26 days a year, depending on length of service) for any of the FMLA leave without pay. He may also request and his agency may grant additional annual leave or leave without pay beyond the amounts guaranteed by the FMLA.