New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a bill into law aimed to help support those recovering from a miscarriage or stillbirth, her office announced Wednesday.

The legislation, known as Ava's Law, directs the state Department of Health to provide the public with information about resources available for individuals who have suffered a pregnancy loss or infant loss. The information will be made available statewide through the DOH’s maternal health website.

Health care providers who provide direct medical care to individuals and their partners experiencing pregnancy loss or infant loss will offer a printed or digital version of the pamphlet as supplemental information.

“Far too many parents are forced to deal with the pain and trauma of losing a child to a miscarriage or stillbirth,” Hochul said in a statement. “When the worst occurs, it is imperative that we support the mental and physical health of women who are navigating this loss. With Ava’s Law, we can ensure families have access to the support and resources they need as they recover.”

“I proudly champion Ava's Law, which stands as a testament to our acknowledgment of the profound impact that pregnancy and infant loss have on countless families. By enacting this legislation, we strive to eliminate the information gap by mandating the creation of informational pamphlets in collaboration with reputable organizations," state Sen. Nathalia Fernandez said. "Ava's Law underscores our commitment to accessible resources, ensuring affected individuals have access to vital services like mental health care, milk banks, gynecological support, and postpartum doula services. By making these resources available statewide we reinforce New York's dedication to reproductive care and empower healthcare providers to guide healing and support. It is one of the great honors of my career to pass Ava's Law, a compassionate and essential piece of legislation that empowers those enduring pregnancy and infant loss with the knowledge and resources they need during this difficult time.”


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