Following the birth of an employee's child or following adoption or foster placement of a child under age eighteen (18), or over age eighteen (18) and incapable of self- care because of a mental or physical disability, a House Officer shall be granted a leave of absence without pay for not more than twelve (12) calendar weeks. A House Officer who is in good standing and informs his/her Program Director that he/she intends to continue his/her residency program at the University shall be granted an extension of this leave of absence without pay for an additional two (2) months. The initial leave and extension cannot exceed five (5) months, and may be at any point within the first year of birth, adoption or placement, but must be completed by the end of that period.