Government ministers in New Zealand have unanimously passed a new legislation that will allow women and their partners to avail of paid leave if they suffer a miscarriage or a stillbirth.
In a what is a world first the New Zealand government introduced the bereavement allowance which will allow up to three days paid leave for those who experienced the loss of a child.
It is understood that the new law will allow both parents to apply for the leave rather than use up time from their sick leave.
The new law will also apply to those who are expecting a child through surrogacy.
Announcing the new laws MP Ginny Andersen said the loss of a child should be recognised with bereavement leave as it takes time to recover both physically and mentally.
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