Pregnancy and baby loss can be a very difficult time and can have a major impact on someone’s health and wellbeing. Supporting an employee who has experienced such a loss requires compassion, flexibility and sensitivity.  

As a line manager, you have an important role in supporting the wellbeing and work needs of a team member who has experienced pregnancy or baby loss.  
This is because, as a manager, you are:  

  • usually the employee’s first contact point  
  • responsible for the day-to-day management of the employee and the tasks required of them
  • key to providing access to work adjustments such as a change in duties or a new flexible working arrangement
  • able to prevent additional stress, or anxiety, particularly in those who are feeling less confident in their abilities due to the impact of their loss.

Building on our research findings, and our manager behaviour framework this guide offers practical advice on offering compassionate support.

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