What is the PLACES project?
PLACES | Pregnancy Loss in Workplaces: Informing policymakers on support mechanisms
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth commissioned this project to examine the workplace experiences of people coping with pregnancy loss. Informed by international best practice, the project will put forward recommendations for formal or informal support mechanisms that could be introduced in the workplace to better support working people experiencing pregnancy loss. Support mechanisms may include the provision of leave, flexible working arrangements, or other workplace policies. These recommendations, in turn, will help to inform Government policy, including the development of legislation if required.
The project will primarily focus on people who experience pregnancy loss prior to 24 weeks’ gestation, as people who have a pregnancy loss after 24 weeks’ gestation (termed a stillbirth, which includes babies born weighing ≥500g and who show no signs of life) can avail of full maternity leave and paternity leave entitlements.
Meet Ruadh Kelly-Harrington, Research Assistant, PLACES Project
What is involved?
- PHASE 1: Scoping study. Literature review and comparative analysis of international models with expert/key informant input
- PHASE 2: Qualitative/quantitative research. Survey and in-depth interviews to capture the workplace experiences of employees who have experienced pregnancy loss
- PHASE 3: Final output. Plain English report that presents findings and gives recommendations for next steps.
Who is involved?
|Professor Keelin O'Donoghue||Pregnancy Loss Research Group||PI|
|Marita Hennessy PhD||Pregnancy Loss Research Group||Project Manager; Collaborator|
|Ruadh Kelly-Harrington||Pregnancy Loss Research Group||Research Assistant|
|Dr Sara Leitao||National Perinatal Eppidemiology Centre; Pregnancy Loss Research Group||Collaborator|
|Dr Daniel Nuzum||Pregnancy Loss Research Group||Collaborator|
|Dr Caroline Dalton-O'Connor||Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC||Collaborator|
|Professor Mary Donnelly||School of Law, UCC||Collaborator|
|Dr Claire Murray||School of Law, UCC||Collaborator|
|Dr Maeve O'Sullivan||J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, University of Galway||Collaborator|
- O'Donoghue K. "Miscarriage bereavement leave - 'They're not ill, they're grieving'". Lunchtime Live, interviewed by Andrea Gilligan. Newstalk, 17 August 2023. https://www.newstalk.com/news/miscarriage-bereavement-leave-theyre-not-ill-theyre-grieving-1497759
Ongoing: September 2022 to December 2023