New Zealand Introduces Paid Leave After Miscarriages or Stillbirths

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New Zealand has introduced a new law allowing paid leave to be taken after suffering a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Here are all the details on the move…

Now, no parent should have to go through the grief of losing a child…

But sadly, many do.

And it’s a heartbreaking experience…

​But New Zealand want to make it easier for families to grieve during this painful time. 

They’ve done it again…



This time showing the world what compassion really means.

Those suffering a miscarriage or stillbirth in New Zealand will be allowed to take paid leave…

After a unanimous vote by lawmakers, paving the way for other countries to do the same.

And people think it should be rolled out worldwide…










The bereavement allowance gives employees 3 days’ leave…

Rather than forcing them to use their sick leave.

Lawmaker Ginny Andersen said it should be recognized as bereavement leave…

But the stigma surrounding the issue left people too uncomfortable to discuss it.

“The grief that comes with miscarriage is not a sickness; it is a loss, and that loss takes time — time to recover physically and time to recover mentally,” she told parliament.

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Andersen said the leave is also valid for those attempting to have a child through surrogacy, and partners.

She said the law is essential in pioneering women’s rights…

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Which extends to voting rights and equal pay.

She continued…

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​​”I can only hope that while we may be one of the first, we will not be one of the last and that other countries will also begin to legislate for a compassionate and fair leave system that recognizes the pain and the grief that comes from miscarriage and stillbirth.”

Green MP Jan Logie said the change is beneficial to all women who have suffered in silence when going through a miscarriage. 

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“That silence that has caused so much harm has, in part, started to be broken by this debate and by parliament’s attention,” Logie said.

She continued by saying 20,000 women experience a miscarriage or stillbirth every year…



“It is an incredibly normal experience, but normal doesn’t mean easy; it doesn’t mean without pain. But we have for a long time, through silence and stigma, forced women – primarily women – into actually just pretending as if it hasn’t happened.”
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