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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01409

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021

Submitted by: Collette Stevenson, East Kilbride, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, October 4, 2021

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Katy Clark, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Monica Lennon, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba, Beatrice Wishart
Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes that 9 to 15 October 2021 is Baby Loss Awareness Week; understands that the week aims to commemorate babies’ lives and raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss across the country; welcomes the work of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance, a collaboration of more than 100 charities, to drive policy change, improve services and break the taboo surrounding the death of a baby; commends the activism by many people who have been affected by miscarriage, which, it considers, has led to important developments in policy; notes the view that there should be dedicated facilities for women experiencing unexpected pregnancy complications; understands that the Scottish Government’s Women’s Health Plan commits to establishing a dignified, compassionate miscarriage service tailored to the needs of women; thanks Sands and other organisations in the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance for supporting women and families through an extremely difficult time; supports all efforts to reduce the number of babies dying, and notes the call for everyone to remember all babies who have died too soon by joining the global Wave of Light by lighting a candle at 7pm on 15 October.