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I Have Rights Too
The Campaign For Rights Of StillBorn Babies And Support
In the UK a foetus (or baby) born at 24
weeks gestation is medically termed an "abortion" or "miscarriage"
and not a birth.
This does not differentiate whether the
baby is born alive or dead. unless the baby survives and
continues to live the UK legislation term this as only an
entry of still birth and the baby has no legal right to
a birth and death certificate just an entry of stillbirth.
We feel that this is wrong and needs to
Our hope is that we can force the government
to change the law regarding this. We believe every woman
who has given birth if the baby is stillborn has a right
to a birth certificate and death certificate no matter what.
We have been through this terrible experience
ourselves and to just have given birth to a stillborn child
is traumatic enough for both parents. But after the event
to just be given a certificate of stillbirth adds insult
We want to get the law changed and feel
it is only right that the parent or parents are given a
birth certificate, a death certificate and a certificate
Why does this matter?
Without a birth certificate you baby will
not be a legal entity. You will not have any documentation
with you babies name upon it.
At such a stressful time for family members
it is vitally important that the mother takes home something
more sensitive to prove she had given birth regardless of
the fact that the baby might be stillborn.
Mothers of babies born that live longer
get a birth certificate, why not all mothers?
We also want to offer support and comfort
to other parents who have also been through this, whether
it has been recently or some time has passed since this
experience has happened.
As we have been through this experience
ourselves we are ideally placed to try to offer some support
and comfort to you as and when needed. Either on a personal
level or through the forum.
A woman is pregnant expecting her child
and looking forward to all the joys they can bring.
Let us look at the baby at 24 weeks old.
The baby now weighs more than 1.3lbs or 600g. Baby is starting
to fill the space in your uterus (womb). From crown to heel
she could measure 30cm. Though your baby still has little
body fat and her skin is thin and fragile, baby is well-proportioned.
The brain is growing rapidly, taste buds have fully developed,
and baby's footprints and fingerprints are continuing to
form and is developing a sense of touch. Inside baby's body,
it is perfecting its lungs and packing on the pounds. Baby
will gain ½ pound this week alone.
Baby's ears are fully functional now, and since they are,
you may notice that loud noises and sudden movements can
startle it. Baby's got a fully developed inner ear now.
This means its sense of balance is working and he can tell
whether its hanging upside down or right side up.
It almost looks and acts just like a
fully grown baby but on a slightly smaller scale.
Yet if the baby is born now there is a
good chance it may survive but if Stillborn it will not
even be recognized by law as a baby and will have no certificates
to mark its birth.
We want to change this uncompassionate ruling!
We want to get the government to change
the law regarding this. We want to change mothers receiving
a heartless certificate of stillbirth and a more companionate
However the mother has also given birth.
Therefore it is only right that the mother
be given a Birth Certificate also.
This way the baby will by law be able to
have been named and the birth will be legally registered.
Due to the government not moving on this issue dispite
all our campaigning. We have decided to change focus and
move to supporting parents and obtaining Cuddle cots for
hospital neonatal units. We need money for these cots your
donations are greatly appreciated.
How Can We Help You?
We would like to offer some comfort and
support to people who are going through or who have already
had this terrible incident happen to them.
How can we do this? We have set up a forum
for people to offer either comments on or about our campaign
and also for people to offer support and comfort to others
through the forum.
We will also be offering a support phone
number but as funds are very limited at the moment we are
unable to offer this. However we do hope to do this very
What makes you think you can help us you
might ask. Well we have been through this ourselves and
have fought a long and hard battle with the hospital concerned
about various issues. For more information on this please
go to the About