Following unanimous support, Senator Polley has successfully moved a motion through the Australian Senate for October 15 to be nationally declared as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Senator Polley recognised the efforts of Maria Bond from Bears of Hope, whose efforts prompted the Tasmanian Government to provide official recognition for babies lost during early pregnancy.
“The next step is to achieve a national day of recognition for these babies and I’m calling on all State and Territory leaders and the Governor-General to make this possible,” Senator Polley said.
“Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is already recognised in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New South Wales and Western Australia – and should be nationally recognised here in Australia.”
Senator Polley says that a national day of recognition is important in opening up conversation about a topic not often spoken about.
“We need this day to give these babies the recognition they deserve, to recognise the loss that so many parents feel and to start breaking down barriers of communication around this subject,” Senator Polley said.
“This is something that so many of us are touched by in our life time, whether through personal experience or someone we know and we should feel like we can talk about it.”
SENATOR HELEN POLLEY SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR AGED CARE SENATOR FOR TASMANIA