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Miscarriage Bill should be welcomed – Alex in The Spinoff

A bill to provide bereavement leave for miscarriages will soon face its first vote in parliament. It’s a subject that’s close to my heart. I can vividly remember the day, nearly six years ago, when I drove to work on an otherwise ordinary morning, sat in the car park staring at the dashboard for around 10 minutes, then drove away again without getting out. Less than 24 hours earlier I had been at home, sobbing uncontrollably, after a radiographer had kindly but matter-of-factly told us that there was no heartbeat in my wife’s womb, and the crushing grief had begun to descend.

It seems ridiculous to me now that I could possibly have thought about going back to work the next day, but I had no idea how I was “supposed: to respond. That’s why I’ve been grateful for the courage of others who have shared their stories like this one on The Spinoff, and it’s why I’m grateful for this bill.”

Read the full article: 
Miscarriage can be a bereavement, and we must reflect that in employment law

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By Alex Penk - 23/09/2018

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