Updated: November 6, 2017
Rowan, my daughter, was stillborn at 23 weeks and 4 days (6 months). I was in labour for 7 hours before she arrived naturally but she is legally described as a miscarriage and will never have a birth certificate.
This ruling needs to be overhauled allowing these children’s births to be registered.
All babies should be recognised and child loss at any stage is no less traumatic.
Due to babies now being viable before 24 weeks I would like the term stillbirth to be used from 20 weeks and birth certificates issued.
I lost Rowan in April 2015 and it’s so important to me that she should have a birth certificate so she is registered as a member of our family for future generations. That her branch is marked on our family tree.
The Health-Care survivor’s Comment
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