Channel 4 has launched the ‘world’s first’ pregnancy loss paid for both male and female workers.
Employees will be allowed two weeks of paid leave and grievance support if they lose an unborn child.
The new policy has been dubbed ‘progressive’, as it’s inclusive of all genders.
Confirming the news on LinkedIn, the TV network explained that it ‘also recognises pregnancy loss as an experience not isolated to women or heterosexual couples’.
The official statement reads: “C4 consulted several leading charities on the policy which includes: two weeks leave on full-pay; paid leave for medical appointments; flexible working; an array of resources including medical support, counselling, and a buddying scheme to support employees returning to work after a loss.
“The policy – believed to be the world’s first – will support both women and men who have been affected – whether it happens directly to them, their partner or their baby’s surrogate mother, regardless of the nature of their loss, and whatever their length of service.
“The policy has also been devised for line managers and colleagues of staff directly affected who wish to provide appropriate practical and emotional support to those affected.”
Alex Mahon, C4’s Chief Executive added: “At Channel 4 we recognise that the loss of a pregnancy, no matter the circumstances, can be a form of grief that can have a lasting emotional and physical impact on the lives of many women and their partners.
“Our dedicated policy by 4Women will help confront a subject that remains taboo while providing Channel 4’s employees with vital tools and support.
“We hope that by giving away this pioneering policy we’re able to encourage other organisations to do the same.”
NHS statistics state that one in around every five pregnancies result in a miscarriage, while 0.3 per cent end in stillbirth.
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