Baby Loss

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:02 pm on 13th October 2016.

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Photo of Antoinette Sandbach Antoinette Sandbach Conservative, Eddisbury 3:02 pm, 13th October 2016

I want to pay a huge tribute to my colleagues, particularly Vicky Foxcroft. I know that it is incredibly hard when we sit in this place to decide whether we want to put something that is a deeply personal piece of our lives into the public domain. Any parent who is dealing with child loss deals with the same dilemma. Do they talk to their employers? Do they talk to their friends? Do they explain what has happened?

I therefore thank the hon. Lady and all other colleagues: Patricia Gibson, my hon. Friend Victoria Prentis, the hon. Members for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) and for Glasgow North (Patrick Grady), and my hon. Friends the Members for Gower (Byron Davies) and for Colchester (Will Quince). We were not aware a year ago where this path would take us. I am grateful for the fact that we are breaking the silence about child loss. We need professionals in the NHS to break the silence about child loss, too. That way, we will get real change.

I certainly will join the wave of light on Saturday. There is a series of awards called the Butterfly awards whereby people can nominate good practice in their local hospitals, or a local blogger or small charity that has made a difference in this field. I urge hon. Members to think about nominating people they know for next year. I will be there, listening to the awards. I will certainly be lighting a wave of light candle, and I know that many others will, too.