As a mother of three and former chair of Save the Baby I understand the importance of creating awareness for this deeply sad experience that too many experience. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the meeting due to a prior engagement, but I did listen to the debate after and found the speeches of my colleagues incredibly moving and informative – particularly the words spoken by Cherilyn Mackrory MP where she discussed her own experience of losing a baby at 20 weeks.
Although a new lockdown is now in place, the Government is committed to supporting mental health care through this time. As a result, some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to those who have suffered bereavement.
Additionally, I am reassured by the announcement of a steady but massive expansion of quick turnaround tests, which can be used to help women to have their partners with them in labour wards and at scans. I look forward to seeing these tests help to ensure women can access the support they need, and will continue to closely monitor this matter.