by dja (895 Posts), Tue Apr 24, 2007 01:18 am
I wanted to let those of you who might be interested know that there is a bill in the State Senate right now being considered that would provide a "certificate of still birth" to bereaved parents whose babies are stillborn. Right now, the only item that California offers a bereaved parent is a fetal death certificate. The bill, SB 850, is an attempt to offer some comfort to parents and a recognition that their babies were born, even if they were born sleeping. I personally have mixed feelings about the bill, because it has been amended to only offer the certificate if a baby reached 24 weeks gestational age (original text had 20 weeks). Amelia never got that far, so I wouldn't qualify to get a certificate. [In fact, I'm not sure I would even be entitled to the fetal death certificate because of the circumstances of having to induce to save my life.] Still, I wanted to let everyone know that this is happening. The bill passed the Senate Health Committee last week and will be considered by the Judiciary Committee on 04/24. If you are interested in more information you can find it by looking up SB 850 on the web or contacting your state senator.