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Pregnant women can now get 20 additional hours of paid sick leave in New York

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the enactment of a first-in-the-nation prenatal leave policy as part of the state’s efforts to enhance maternal and infant health. The policy, included in the FY 2025 Enacted Budget, allows pregnant New Yorkers to access an additional 20 hours of paid sick leave for prenatal care. This initiative is part of a broader strategy aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and their babies.


Additionally, the new policy supports maternity care by introducing Medicaid coverage for doula services, establishing a doula directory for easy access, and eliminating cost-sharing for certain pregnancy-related benefits in state health plans. These measures are expected to provide essential support to expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy.

Governor Hochul emphasized the importance of these initiatives, stating that they aim to ensure every family has the support needed for a healthy start. The state has also dedicated funds to train healthcare providers and expand access to maternal mental health services, further safeguarding the well-being of mothers and their children.