Tim Loughton MP wants stillborn baby 'recognition'

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

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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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