Returning to work after the death of your baby

“On the day I left we all had coffee together and some people gave me things for the baby. We discussed when I’d bring him in to see them. I never dreamt that things could turn out like this.” Mum

The decision about when to go back to work may depend on how you are feeling, your physical health, finances, and work-related factors.

Mothers who get paid maternity leave may not need to think about returning to work for some time.

Fathers and partners, and mothers who don’t get paid leave, may have to start work again fairly soon.

You may also want to have a look at our booklet for employers and perhaps send a copy to your employer.

Our booklet Returning to work after the death of your baby includes information on rights and benefits, advice on telling colleagues and techniques for managing emotions.

“On the day I left we all had coffee together and some people gave me things for the baby. We discussed when I’d bring him in to see them. I never dreamt that things could turn out like this.” Mum

The decision about when to go back to work may depend on how you are feeling, your physical health, finances, and work-related factors.

Mothers who get paid maternity leave may not need to think about returning to work for some time.

Fathers and partners, and mothers who don’t get paid leave, may have to start work again fairly soon.

For more information please read or download Returning to work after the death of your baby.

You may also want to have a look at our booklet for employers and perhaps send a copy to your employer.

Read or download Information for employers – Helping a bereaved parent return to work.