A coworker announced his wife was pregnant a couple of months ago. We work remotely for a small tech startup in Spain. He is a great employee and I think the manager knows it: he is devoted and recently identified a key issue that has to be addressed immediately.
Today he told me they are having complications with the pregnancy and there is risk of miscarriage. He has to wait until next week to know it for sure. Understandably, he told me he was feeling unwell and having difficulties in concentrating due to the pregnancy issues.
He asked me for advice. This is what we came up with:
Talking to the manager and explain the situation with the pregnancy, in hopes of reducing pressure and that a temporary performance drop could be expected. The manager already knows that he is having a baby.
Taking some days off.
I am just a newbie, is this good advice? Did I forget something?
UPDATE: Thanks for your answers, this experience is very valuable.
Given that many people mention that PTOs (paid time off) are the way to go: unfortunately, they are called "días de asuntos propios" in Spain and are not guaranteed by law for the private sector.
The manager agreed to let him have some anyway!