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Colchester MP Speaks About Stillborn Son

Colchester's MP Will Quince has been speaking in parliament about his son Robert, who was stillborn four years ago this week.

The dad-of-two was speaking last night as part of a debate to mark baby loss awareness week.

His son Robert was stillborn in October 2014, and he has since been a campaigner on issues relating to parental bereavement.

He is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss, and has been instrumental in pushing through the Parental Bereavement Bill earlier this year. The law means parents who lose a child, or have a stillbirth, are entitled to two weeks paid leave.

Video: Watch an excerpt from Will Quince's speech in Parliament yesterday

Mr Quince said:

"This is a particularly important and poignant week for me and my family, because it is four years ago this week that we lost our son, Robert. We will be marking his birthday on Friday, when he would have been four years old.

"On Sunday, my two daughters and I picked out the birthday cake that we will be sharing. Sadly, we are just one example of the families who are going through this experience week in and week out, up and down our country.

"We should not underestimate the importance of talking about baby loss. This is why debates such as these are so important and powerful.

"Totally wrongly, baby loss is a massively taboo subject. We have made huge efforts over the past three and a half years to try to break the silence and the taboo by working with charities, organisations and health professionals, but the taboo still exists.

"It exists because we do not like talking about death, full stop, and particularly about the death of children or babies.

"It is important that we talk about it, however, because that little baby was a huge part of somebody’s life. It is part of their story and their journey, and to ignore it can cause irreparable issues.

"We must use the power of Parliament to break that taboo and talk about the issue, rather than crossing the street and avoiding someone who has suffered a stillbirth, miscarriage or neonatal death.

"We should talk to them about it. We should ask about their child and refer to them by their name, because people do want to talk. If they do not want to talk, they will tell us. It is really important that they should not be ignored."

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