Miscarriage Leave? #MiscarriageInTheMedia Ep.1

Should we be campaigning for miscarriage leave in the UK?

I came across this article in The Guardian earlier this month…

TheGuardian MiscarriageLeave
Image from The Guardian

An interesting topic for discussion…

In summary, the article is about rising cross-party support amongst New Zealand MPs in support of miscarriage leave. This is following the efforts of Kathryn van Beek (pictured above) who suffered a miscarriage herself, and then discovered that many women across the country in similar situations struggled to get any time off to grieve. Currently, in New Zealand,  people are entitled to bereavement leave but this does not cover the loss of a child not born alive (hence excludes miscarriages and stillbirths). There is now a bill proposing that women and their partners should be entitled to 3 days of paid bereavement leave after a miscarriage or stillbirth at any stage.

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