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Why agencies should create a clear message about their miscarriage policy

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23.09.2021

The government only introduced paid parental leave for the loss of a baby after 24 weeks in April 2020. It entitles a parent to two weeks' leave, paid at statutory pay. In the press recently there has been a call to extend this paid leave for miscarriage before 24 weeks because, right now, this isn’t something anyone is legally entitled to.

I still find the fact that we’ve only very recently seen changes or discussions on these laws deeply problematic. Not just for the rights of someone who suffers a miscarriage, but for the perception of parents, and in particular mothers, in the workplace in general.

Miscarriages happen in around one in four recognised pregnancies, with the majority happening in the first trimester (weeks one to 12). The weight of a miscarriage both physically and mentally is clearly going to have an effect on anyone who experiences one, so why is........

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