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New Zealand has passed a law to extend paid leave in the event of a miscarriage

New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday He agreed A bill extending spouses’ right to paid work leave in the event of miscarriage or stillbirth. New Zealand law already provides that couples can take advantage of three-day paid vacation in these cases, but the pregnancy must be more than 20 weeks: the law, which is expected to come into effect in the coming months, will guarantee paid leave regardless of Due date. In which the miscarriage occurs. According to Labor legislator Jenny Andersen, New Zealand is the first country to extend this type of protection to the first few weeks of pregnancy.

The Sands New Zealand charity, which supports parents whose baby died during pregnancy, says there are 5,900 to 11,800 miscarriages or stillbirths in the country every year; According to the New Zealand National Association of Midwives, more than 95 percent of miscarriages occur within the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy. Andersen said the law was not about voluntary termination of pregnancy. The leave will be extended to both the women and their partners, and spouses who wish to conceive children through adoption or surrogacy.

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