Hospitals are obligated to remove the dead fetus from a woman as quickly as possible; at most within 3 days from when the loss was discovered.
Who is Eligible?
- A pregnant woman who has been diagnosed to have a pregnancy loss.
- The pregnancy loss is confirmed by a gynecologist and ultrasound technician.
- The woman must have someone with her when she is informed about the pregnancy loss. If she doesn't have someone with her then a hospital psychologist or social worker must be present.
- The hospital is obligated to inform the woman and her family about relevant burial procedures and - if she wants - to arrange a psychological consult for the mother.
How to Claim It?
- The right is given automatically.
- During the period of time between the diagnosis of loss and the removal of the fetus, the woman will receive guidance from her health plan for women who experienced loss of pregnancy in order to provides outlets and resources for mental and emotional support.
- If necessary, a complaint can be filed with the Ministry of Health Public Inquiries Department.
- A woman who experienced pregnancy loss is entitled to miss 7 days of work at the expense of her accrued sick days. For more information see Employment Rights for Women after a Miscarriage.
- In a case where a woman looses a pregnancy after 22 weeks (stillbirth) she is entitled to Maternity Leave and to the other rights given to a woman who gives birth to a live baby. For more information see Rights of a Couple who Suffer a Stillbirth.
- Parents that experience pregnancy loss are - based on the stage of the loss - entitled to choose the method of burial and whether or not to be present at the burial. For more information see The Right for Parents to be Present at a Burial Ceremony after a Pregnancy Loss.
Laws and Regulations
- The Medical Division circular no. 1/2019 from 20.01.2019 - care in cases of pregnancy loss.
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