The Assembly votes for better post-miscarriage support


The Assembly votes for better post-miscarriage support

Unanimous. The Assembly unanimously voted for MoDem MP Sandrine Josso's bill to better support people who have suffered a miscarriage. The proposal provides in particular for psychological support and sick leave without a waiting day. Adopted at first reading, this text must now be examined in the Senate.

At the opening of the debates, the MP returned to the traumatic and "unfairly trivialized" experience of miscarriage. One "in four pregnancies" ends in miscarriage and "one in ten women" faces this ordeal in her lifetime, she said.

By way of amendment, the government added a measure already unveiled by Elisabeth Borne, introducing paid sick leave without a waiting day for a woman who has suffered a miscarriage, unlike a classic sick leave. This "lifting of the deficiency will take place as soon as possible and at the latest" on January 1, 2024, underlined the Minister of Health, François Braun.

The ecologist Marie-Charlotte Garin and several left-wing elected officials have asked in vain for an "additional tool": a specific leave of three days off in the event of a miscarriage, leaving women the choice between this leave and sick leave. A few voices from the majority were in their favor. The sick leave "allows to guarantee confidentiality", in particular vis-à-vis the employer, replied François Braun.

The text sets up by each Regional Health Agency (ARS), from September 2024, a "miscarriage course that brings together medical professionals and hospital and liberal psychologists", so that women and their partners are informed and oriented about systematic way.

The proposed law also allows midwives, and not only doctors, to directly refer their patients who have suffered a miscarriage and their partners to a psychologist approved by health insurance. This orientation would take place within the framework of the already existing "MonParcoursPsy" system, which allows you to benefit from sessions with a psychologist, with coverage by health insurance and complementary health insurance.

Minister François Braun felt that "our health system does not leave enough room for women's health, this must change. […] A spontaneous termination of pregnancy is an intimate drama”.