This is an appeal to all of my readers to please consider signing a petition to amend the Births & Deaths registration act 1953.
The petition, which needs 10,000 signatures to be discussed in parliament, was started by Lucy Black after she tragically lost her twins at 21 weeks. At present, a birth is only recorded if it results in a stillbirth (after 24 weeks), neonatal death or live birth. When I first received this petition I thought that sounded reasonable, but then I read Lucy’s heart breaking story. The law as it stands may be reasonable and practical but when it results in telling a grieving family that the little life they have nurtured, loved and looked forward to welcoming into the world, never even existed, it becomes very, very wrong.
Lucy’s sad story started when she went into labor with her twins at 21 weeks. During her labor she was informed that her son Joshua passed away 20 minutes before he was born, his twin Harriet sadly also passed away shortly after birth. But while Harriet’s birth and death was recorded Lucy explained to the Metro that they couldn’t register Joshua, as although the hospital had made their own certificate of life he was classed as a miscarriage and so was not eligible to have his life and death recorded. This sparked Lucy to start a campaign to change the law so that her twins short lives could both be recorded together.
It’s every expectant parents nightmare to lose their baby before he or she has had a chance at life. Just the fear of it kept me up many nights during my own pregnancy, but to be told that for want of 20 minutes one of your babies was a person and the other nothing more than medical waste must be soul destroying.
The amendment to the Births & Deaths registration act 1953 that Lucy is campaigning for could allow the parents who have had an Abortion, Miscarriage or Late Miscarriage to choose to register their baby if they wish to. While this change can’t heal the wound of a lost child it could help people like Lucy and her family grieve for and remember their lost child.
Please take a moment to follow the link below and sign the petition. If you would also like to show your support to Lucy and her family you can find her on Twitter at @registermybaby1 or on Facebook at Register My Baby.