In a particularly moving speech last night Senator Polley called for October 15 to be nationally declared as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Senator Polley’s call comes off the back of the tireless work of Tasmanian Coordinator for Bears Of Hope, Maria Bond whose efforts have witnessed the Tasmanian Government provide official recognition to babies lost during early pregnancy.

Thanks to the successful campaigning of Maria, Tasmanian parents who lose a baby before 20 weeks gestation, or a baby that weighs less than 400 grams can apply for a commemorative certificate.

“I give credit to the Tasmanian Government for taking up this initiative and of course the selfless work of Maria,” Senator Polley said.

“I’m sure this official recognition will give parents validation and the opportunity to say ‘my baby mattered’.”

Bears Of Hope supports at least 30,000 bereaved parents every year across Australia and have been campaigning for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day to be nationally recognised since 2008.

Senator Polley applauded Maria for her efforts spearheading this campaign in Tasmania but condemned state ministers for refusing to meet with her.

“It is disheartening to hear that many attempts by Maria to meet with state Ministers about this have been refused – shame on you that you wouldn’t take the time to sit down and listen and find a way forward,” Senator Polley said.

“Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is currently recognised in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New South Wales and Western Australia - and should be a nationally recognised day.”

Senator Polley concluded her speech by calling on her colleagues to help achieve the national recognition these babies deserve.

You can read the full speech here.