Sussex

Tim Loughton MP wants stillborn baby 'recognition'

Tim Loughton
Image caption Tim Loughton said some parents are expected to return to work immediately

Children stillborn before 24 weeks should be given official recognition by changing the law, says a Sussex MP.

Tim Loughton MP, who represents East Worthing and Shoreham, introduced a private members bill earlier.

The Conservative MP said at the moment, if a mother loses her baby before the third trimester, the state does not recognise the child's existence.

He added that some parents are expected to return to work immediately after a stillbirth before 24 weeks.

"Losing a child is a traumatic experience at the best of times but giving birth to a stillborn child whose existence is effectively not acknowledged is particularly harsh and I think the law needs to be changed," he said.

He called for a revision to the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 section 41.

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