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New Zealand has approved paid leave after miscarriage. Here’s other ways to help someone who has suffered reproductive trauma

by Lucianne Hughes
26th Mar 2021

Read time: 15 mins


The journey to parenthood can be traumatic. From fertility issues to miscarriage, loss, birth trauma and postpartum difficulties, Lucianne Hughes examines how to help and what to look out for.

Trauma is anything that is a shock to the system but can also be defined as something that causes physical, emotional or mental stress. Reproductive trauma relates to any kind of trauma suffered on the journey to getting pregnant and becoming a parent including fertility issues, miscarriage, loss, abortion, birth trauma and postpartum difficulties and can lead to grief, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The numbers: in Ireland, antenatal and postnatal depression affects...

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