<aside> 💭 One in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage — an alarming statistic and often something that people don't feel comfortable talking about at work. We appreciate why this is but we don't believe it should be experienced this way.
<aside> 🌍 We have consulted maternityaction.org.uk for guidance. This is a UK-centric resource, and local laws and legislation in your country may differ. We will adjust as necessary.
If you experience pregnancy loss (whatever your gender or route to having a child), we're deeply sorry. Losing a child is incredibly upsetting and we're here to support you. Everything outlined below applies to any losses that you may experience (we appreciate that many people experience a number of losses).
We encourage you to talk to us about what has happened and you can speak to your manager, who will share this news with the People team, or you can speak to the People team directly. This news will be kept confidential but we will talk to you about who else might need to know, and we will work with you to manage this (we can look after telling people for you).
We appreciate there can be stigma attached to speaking about starting a family in the workplace but we believe that our approach to flexible working goes hand-in-hand with being extremely family-friendly (whether your child is here and present in your life, or you’re working extremely hard to welcome a child into your life).
We're here to support you returning to work after your loss. This will differ for each person but your manager and the People team will work with you to decide on the best way to return.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need to work flexibly upon returning, perform a certain type of work activities, or receive additional support within your work, for example.
You should feel comfortable sharing how you feel and what you need — we will work together to support you in the best way possible.
<aside> 💭 We’re designing our policies and explainers to be inclusive and meaningful. They’re not exhaustive and we recognise that we might not always get it right. Please be candid with your feedback and suggestions.
Speak to the People team at anytime to share your thoughts or personal experiences 💜