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New York could be first to offer prenatal paid leave if state budget is approved

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Governor Kathy Hochul’s latest budget proposal, if passed, will position New York as the first state to offer paid prenatal leave, marking a significant step in supporting expecting mothers. The budget, detailed in recent negotiations, also includes enhanced measures for postpartum care, reflecting an expansion in maternal health initiatives.


Doulas Jasmine Brewer and Jacqueline Lindsey from the Healthy Baby Network highlighted the stress and medical needs that can arise before birth, noting the importance of prenatal appointments and the need for expectant mothers to manage health risks without the added pressure of work. Brewer, sharing her own challenges with a high-risk pregnancy and breastfeeding, emphasized the relief such a policy would have offered her.

The budget discussion coincides with Black Maternal Health Week, emphasizing the urgent need for these benefits, especially among Black women who face higher risks of maternal health complications. Senator Samra Brouk, echoing the sentiments of healthcare professionals, expressed optimism about the inclusion of these crucial health measures in the final budget, anticipated to be resolved in the coming days.