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BBC News - Did you see us? - in the summer of 2019 Brief Lives - Remembered” was approached by a reporter Frankie McCamley form BBC news in relation to tracing baby’s graves and our work.

In the months that followed we have been filming a piece for the news, including the following of the search for baby Maher

Stillbirth: The woman who found my baby's grave                                               

Paula Jackson has to date traced the resting places of 800 stillborn babies through her organisation, Brief Lives - Remembered. Her cases usually involve births from before the 1990s.

The BBC followed her as she traced the location of a grave for Yvonne, who gave birth to her stillborn son in 1980. In contrast to today's handling of such cases, she said that she received no support at the time. Stillborn babies lost decades ago 'must be traced'

Produced by Frankie McCamley. Filmed & edited by Alex Dackevych & Nigel Craze - Televised 4th February 2020

Since the news piece about our work was transmitted on BBC News, we have received over 800 requests to trace a baby's grave and have improved public awareness about the issues of historic baby loss.

Following on from that on 6th February 2020, Labour MP Carolyn Harris made an emotional speech in the Commons on stillbirths. 

Labour MP Carolyn Harris has told MPs she suspects her mother never knew where her sister was buried after her stillbirth. She gave an emotional account of her mother's experience in a Commons debate on historic stillbirth burials and cremation.

Following the speech there was a cross party debate in the commons about historic baby deaths.

The speech can be seen on BBC News website at: Labour MP Carolyn Harris' emotional speech on stillbirths - BBC News

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