Cer­tifi­cates to ease loss of baby

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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