Certificates to ease loss of baby
STILL-BORN babies lost before 20 weeks will now be recognised by the WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998 (WA) specifies that for a still-born baby to be legally registered, it must have reached the age of 20 weeks, or weigh 400g if the duration of the pregnancy cannot be established.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said he had asked the registrar to allow parents who lost a child through early pregnancy loss to be given the opportunity to apply for a “recognition of loss” certificate.
“The registry has now amended their procedures so that if eligible parents choose to do so, they may apply for a certificate which acknowledges their baby’s life,” he said. “I hope this new measure will offer a degree of support and comfort to those who have suffered early pregnancy loss.”
Mr Mischin said there had been consultation between WA and interstate registries as well as with stakeholders including the WA branch of Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support.
For more information, including the application form, visit dotag.wa.gov.au.