A debate on our petition in Parliament
When we reached 175,000 signatures, Olivia Blake MP raised our petition and the findings of our research in an Adjournment Debate in June 2021. In response to Olivia's speech, the health minister at the time, Nadine Dorries MP, announced she would put forward several recommendations in the Women's Health Strategy – an initiative which will aim to improve the health and wellbeing of women across the country.
We've been working hard to make sure this happens
The commitments made by the Government were encouraging, but we need to make sure miscarriage isn't forgotten. This is why, in another push in our #ChangeTheMiscarriageStory campaign, we called on our supporters to email their local government representative, to keep miscarriage on the agenda of decision-makers across the UK.
We were blown away by the response, with over 6,700 of you sending an email encouraging your MP or MSP to make miscarriage a priority for the government.
On the back of this, we hosted a discussion at Westminster with Olivia Blake and Myleene Klass. Dr Pedro Melo from our National Centre for Miscarriage Research shared the findings and recommendations from the Lancet research series, and we were joined by 2 of our wonderful supporters, Yuen and Bindhu, who bravely shared their own experiences of miscarriage to highlight the importance of better care.
Where are we now?
The Women's Health Strategy has now been published. Despite what was promised, the strategy does not commit to providing a formal record of miscarriage. Instead, the Government have included a plan to provide an optional pregnancy loss certificate to families who lose a baby before 24 weeks. Whilst this is an important step in recognition of a parent's loss, they are in no way a substitute for official recording of miscarriage data by health services – a change which will be crucial in transforming care and support.
It also doesn’t address the current system which means families must experience 3 miscarriages before they are any offered support or testing. Instead of including specific commitments on miscarriage in the Women’s Health Strategy, they have committed to give further consideration to the findings of the Lancet review and to explore further measures through the ongoing Pregnancy Loss Review.
In October 2021, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) updated their guidelines on recurrent miscarriage. These take our research on board and encourage the NHS to adopt our graded model of care, so that parents can get support after every loss and earlier access to specialist tests and treatments. With this endorsement from RCOG and the Women's Health Strategy committing to consider our Lancet research series further, we now need to continue pushing with our campaign to get these changes put in place.