Parents' loss acknowledged through recognition certificates

New South Wales Attorney-General, Brad Hazzard, has announced that the State Government has moved to ensure families can have the tragedy of early pregnancy loss acknowledged with a recognition certificate.

“The recognition certificates are not legal documents but it is hoped that, at least in some small way, a formal recognition certificate will help," Mr Hazzard said.

“The legal distinction of 20 weeks for registering a stillbirth will remain as it is an important analytical tool used by health authorities but it is equally important to recognise the grief of early pregnancy loss,” he said.

President of the Australian College of Midwives Caroline Homer said it is important to recognise the impact that early pregnancy loss can have on women and their families.

“This in a small but significant way recognises that loss for women and families should they seek it and may provide some comfort in what is a very difficult time,” Professor Homer said.

The certificates will be free of charge.


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