As a single person without a child of my own, I do not know what it means to have a miscarriage or lose a baby. Even though I have had close relatives experienced a miscarriage, I still cannot say I know the extent of their pain or loss. The thoughts of losing a baby at birth or having a miscarriage are not one to adore.
And so, when I saw this news headline New Zealand Approves Paid Leave After Miscarriage on March 25, 2021, I was extremely happy. Do you mean parents who experience miscarriage or stillbirth in New Zealand would be granted a paid three days leave? This news is a turning point for couples. This is because they have more time to get through the pain, hurt, and healing.
New Zealand would not be the first country to provide such a policy. India, the Philippines, Australia, and Britain already grant leave to families who experience miscarriages. However, the United States and many other developing nations do not have such a policy. This also buttresses the need for favorable and inclusive family-friendly policies in the United States and other nations of the world.
The hope is that this news causes a change in other developed and underdeveloped countries. While possibly allowing for more days beyond three days, between one week to two weeks of leave.