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Early Pregnancy Loss Certificates Now Available For Victorian Parents

Early Pregnancy Loss Certificates Now Available For Victorian Parents

 

Victorians who have experienced early pregnancy loss can now apply for a commemorative certificate through the registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

An early pregnancy loss is considered one that occurs before 20 weeks and is not formally recognised as either a birth or a death. The new Victorian certificate is not a legal document but does recognise a loss before 20 weeks, if the weeks are unknown or if the baby weighed less than 400 grams.

Parents can apply for the certificate at any time, as long as the loss took place in Victoria. Other states that already provide a pregnancy loss certificate are Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews shared the news on his Facebook page yesterday with the following message:

Around one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage before 20 weeks.
It’s not something that’s talked about much – nor is it formally recognised as either a birth or death.
And those who’ve experienced early pregnancy loss often find themselves dealing with it alone, with no real way of expressing their grief.
This won’t be everyone’s choice.
But hopefully it’ll help bereaved parents mourn the child they never got to meet.”

The certificate was designed by Western Australian artist and writer Till Heike, who is the state’s coordinator for SANDS (miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support). She’s been an advocate for the awareness of pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant death support since her daughter’s death in 2014.

The certificate was created using watercolour on birchwood and features a pair of helmeted honeyeaters, Victoria’s state bird.

“When I was approached about providing a design for the Early Pregnancy Loss commemorative certificates, it was something that immediately resonated with me,” Till said in the video.

“My own experience encompasses multiple early pregnancy losses, as a result of multiple different circumstances, and that extends to experiencing the stillbirth of my daughter, Claudia. With early pregnancy loss in particular, sometimes it can feel like we leave the hospital with nothing but paperwork. Parents might have imagined a long timeline for their child, right from the time that they saw that early pregnancy test and, because of the enormity of the loss they’re trying to process, it is especially important to provide ways to make memories, to validate their loss, and to normalise that connection that they have with their baby,” she continued.

“What we wanted to achieve with the design, really, was something that has a very contemporary and warm aesthetic appeal. To be able to provide these certificates to parents is such an important way to acknowledge their baby, and to acknowledge their loss.”

Head to Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages if you’d like to apply for an Early Pregnancy Loss Certificate.

 

 

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at https://lovechrystal.com.au and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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