Elland Couple Welcome Possible Change To Miscarriage Law

Adam, Finley & Lucy

Listen here to our interview with Lucy Hendry.

A bereaved couple from Elland have told Pulse 1 & Pulse 2 they hope the government go through with proposals to change the law, to allow parents of all miscarried babies to register their births.

Lucy and Adam Hendry have been battling for a change in the law since they were only able to register the birth of one of their stillborn twins.

Joshua died in premature labour at just 21 weeks and was classed as a late miscarriage, but Harriet had showed signs of life at birth before passing away two days later.

In August 2016, the couple lost their first child, Matilda, who was stillborn at in August at 35 weeks. The babies would have been siblings to Lucy's son Finley.

Currently, parents can only be given a birth certificate if a stillborn child arrives deceased after 24 weeks which means just two of their three deceased children could be registered. But earlier this month the government suggested it would review the legislation after hearing a story similar to Lucy and Adam's from Labour MP Sharon Hodgson.

Lucy told Pulse 1 & Pulse 2: "We registered Matilda, we have registered Harriet, but in the eyes of the law Joshua doesn't exist.

"After everything that we have been through, it is so sad that Joshua is not classed as part of our family.

"It just makes sense to me. It is a service you pay for, so no one is losing out financially. We can't find a negative to it. If it is optional, people can have help with their grieving process and others that don't, don't have to go through it.

"I know it is a long road ahead, but I also know it is something that can change."

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