Change the definition in law of a stillborn child

It has become clear that a child born before a mother reaches the 24th week of her pregnancy and delivered without living does not have any rights within British Law, as a stillborn baby must have been within the mother's womb for at least 24 weeks. As a result of our daughter giving birth to a baby after 22½ weeks of pregnancy, we discovered that this child had no right to have his birth or death registered. This is wrong, as our grandchild was fully formed when born. The fact that his birth and death have not been recorded does not seem right, yet we were able to bury him. We understand that a baby that is delivered dead before 24 weeks is classed as a miscarriage. This cannot be correct as our daughter went into labour and delivered our grandson. We believe that our grandson had the right to be registered and to have been classed as a citizen, albeit briefly, of the United Kingdom.


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    shannon ward, United Kingdom

    3 years ago Comments: -
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    Andrew Daniels, United Kingdom

    5 years ago Comments: To hell with the silly legislation ..He was and always will be remembered as your granchild even if the law doesnt recognise it, what matters is in your heart and souls but i agree the legislation should be changed ..Hope this helps
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    Christie, United States

    5 years ago Comments: I lost my son Ayden at 22 1/2 wks and it was the worst feeling ever! I would like the law changed. I was told I get no birth certificate because he was not over 24 wks. I had to deliver him as if he was a full term baby! And not to be able to take him home was just the worst thing ever in my life!! I miss my baby boy and wish he was here!!
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