Returning To Work

Returning to work after a pregnancy loss or death of a baby can be an incredibly challenging experience, both emotionally and physically. The grief and emotional toll can be overwhelming, and navigating the workplace environment during this sensitive time can add additional stress. It’s important to acknowledge these difficulties and know that there are resources and rights available to support you through this process.

The Challenge of Returning to Work

Experiencing a pregnancy loss is a deeply personal and often traumatic event. The pain and sadness can be difficult to navigate, and returning to the routine of work might seem scary. Colleagues might be unaware of your loss, leading to unintended insensitive remarks or questions. Additionally, maintaining professional performance while managing grief can be really difficult. It’s essential to give yourself grace and seek support as needed.

Knowing Your Rights

Understanding your rights in the workplace is crucial. Many countries have laws that protect employees during times of loss and grief, including provisions for leave and accommodations. Here are some resources that can help you understand your rights and access the support you need:

  1. MAMA Academy: Employees maternity rights in the work place.
  2. Miscarriage Association UK: Returning to work after a miscarriage.
  3. SANDS UK: Returning to work after a stillbirth or neonatal death including a useful workbook.
  4. Maternity Action: Miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death – rights to time off and pay.
  5. Tommy’s Charity: Your rights in relation to time off and going back to work after a miscarriage.


What about when I am pregnant following a loss/death of a baby? What are my rights then?

Finding out you are pregnant following a previous pregnancy loss/death of a baby can be an anxious time. You may have additional appointments or want to let your employer know earlier on in the pregnancy to help alleviate some of your worries. Willow’s Rainbow Box have co-produced an excelled resource to share with employers during this time. It can help you to open up this conversation with your employees going through pregnancy after loss – and to create a support plan with them.