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Baby loss/ miscarriage policy

Baby loss/ miscarriage policy

Posted: 1st November 2021

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      Hi all,
      Does anyone have a baby loss or miscarriage policy they are happy to share? I’m looking to write one for our company and not sure where to start!


        Hi Hannah, we do not have a policy but we do have an ‘approach to family leave’ which includes baby loss and miscarriage which I can share with you.

        If you are interested, let me have your email address and I will forward it to you.


          Hi Hannah, similar to Sandra, we cover this in our maternity policy under Dealing with the Unexpected. Copied and pasted below:

          Dealing with the unexpected

          We are here to offer you support at all stages of your pregnancy and we are extremely proud to have signed up to the Employer with Heart Charter to support parents of premature babies. If your baby is born before 37 weeks gestation, based on your due date, you are entitled to paid compassionate leave (shown on your payslip as ‘occupational maternity leave’) to cover the period from your baby’s birthday until the date at which your baby would reach 40 weeks gestation. This will be paid to you on completion of your statutory maternity pay/maternity allowance. This will automatically be processed by People Solutions when you inform them/your line manager of the birth of your baby.

          If you have returned to work, we will also allow you paid time off to attend relevant medical appointments as a result of your baby’s early arrival during their first year.


          Pregnancy loss

          Sadly, not all pregnancies end in a live birth. We want to support you if this happens to you and to give you time needed to grieve and recover. Here, we are referring to a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirth or death following a birth.

          In the sad circumstance where you experience pregnancy loss at any point during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, you are entitled to up to two weeks bereavement leave on full pay. You may find it most useful to speak to someone who is specially trained and there are a list of specialist organisations listed in Section 10: Associated documents. You may also access our confidential counselling service via the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). EAP is free and easy to access and is available online or on the telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need more time beyond the two weeks bereavement leave, we encourage you to speak with your GP and to obtain a fit note. Rest assured this will be recorded as pregnancy-related sickness and will not count towards your sickness triggers.

          If your pregnancy ends after the first 24 weeks or if your baby dies following birth, you will still be entitled to the same maternity leave and pay. You are also entitled to parental bereavement leave of up to 2 weeks during the year following the death of your baby. The weeks can be taken in 2 blocks of 1 week taken at different times or in a single block of 2 weeks. Please refer to our special leave policy for details.



            Thank you very much Kate & Sandra.

            My email is

            Really appreciate this.



              I’d be really interested to see this too please Sandra if that’s OK?

              My email is

              Thanks very much


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