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How Capgemini UK supports team members through Pregnancy/Baby Loss

Laura Gardner
27 Jun 2022

Many of us will experience difficult personal circumstances at some point in life: if and when this happens, we want to ensure our people and their families have access to the right support from Capgemini.

With this in mind, we have significantly refreshed our approach and guidance around our Family Friendly policies, which are for all employees, regardless of length of service.

One of our new policies is on Pregnancy/Baby Loss.

What is pregnancy/baby loss?

Pregnancy/baby loss can fall under many definitions such as:

  • Miscarriage – the spontaneous loss of pregnancy until 24 weeks of gestation.
  • Stillbirth – the loss of a baby after 24 weeks, before or during birth.
  • Abortion – a medical or surgical procedure to end a pregnancy.
  • Ectopic pregnancy – when a fertilised egg implants and grows outside of the uterus.
  • Molar pregnancy – a form of pregnancy in which a non-viable fertilised egg implants in the uterus and will fail to reach full term.
  • Neonatal loss – loss within the first 28 days after they are born, often caused by premature births or genetic disorders.

Pregnancy/baby loss occurs in up to 1 in every 4 pregnancies, with most happening in the first trimester. The loss of a baby at any time in pregnancy can be emotionally and physically hard for all those affected. Seeking adequate support is essential.

How is Capgemini supporting employees?

Pregnancy/baby loss is a private experience which will impact individuals in different ways. Capgemini is committed to supporting all employees affected, whether it happens to one of our people, their partner or their baby’s surrogate.

All employees affected are entitled to up to 10 days of paid leave which can be taken up to 6 months following pregnancy loss. We want to make sure all employees feel able to talk to someone about this difficult time and seek the help needed.

In addition to this policy, we have a number of well-being resources and inclusive employee networks on hand to support our colleagues. Educational materials on baby loss are also available to all of our people, to help raise awareness across the business.