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Longer leaves for parents of premature babies. Maternity leave rules

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Parents of children born prematurely and those who had to be hospitalized after birth have been fighting for the right to additional leave for a long time. The Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy has developed a project that assumes the extension of maternity leave for both parents on simple terms.

The Coalition for Premature Babies Foundation appealed for extended maternity leave for parents of premature babies, pointing out that such solutions have been adopted in many European countries. Their voice was heard by the new authorities of the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy and Minister Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk appointed a working team to work out the legal details of this solution.

According to Business Insider, its initial assumptions are already known.

Extended maternity leave for parents of premature babies – Week by week

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The project prepared by the ministry assumes that parents of children born prematurely and those who had to be hospitalized after birth will have the right to eight more weeks of leave. The word “to” is crucial here, because the principle of one week of additional leave per week of the child's stay in hospital will apply.

BI indicates that children born before the 28th week of pregnancy or weighing less than 1,000 g will be entitled to “even more”.

The extended maternity leave is to be paid 100%, and both the mother and the father of the child will be entitled to it.

Parents of premature babies feel wronged by the regulations. “We all need to be patient”Adrianna Otręba/Fakty TVN

The situation of premature babies and their mothers

“There is still a belief in society that a premature baby is just a small child. Nothing could be further from the truth. Premature birth is associated with many complications and a fight for the health, and very often for the life of the child, who has to spend many weeks in the hospital. It is a difficult time for the baby, but also for its mother, who is watching over the incubator full of fear, and the weeks of maternity leave are irrevocably running out,” described the Coalition for a Premature Baby Foundation in February, when it launched a campaign to extend the leave.

She indicated that “maternity leave must begin on the day of giving birth and cannot be interrupted by leave for child care before the expiry of 8 weeks.”

“Many countries have already noticed this problem and introduced solutions to support mothers of premature babies. With our western neighbors – the Germans maternity leave for mothers of premature babies, compared to those giving birth at term, is 4 weeks longer. Great Britain (from 2025 – ed.) i Italy extend such leave by 12 weeks, and France and Slovenia add as many days off as the child was born earlier,” the press release said.

Additional maternity leave for mothers of premature babies in other countriesTVN24

According to the Coalition for a Premature Baby Foundation, “this shows that solutions are different, but each of them is good because it notices the mother of a premature baby, supports her and takes the burden off her back a little.”

Read more in: Longer maternity leave in the case of a premature baby. “It's time for similar solutions to appear in Poland”

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