Make a sensitive, respectful registration form for stillbirths and neonatal deaths
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John Rau

Make a sensitive, respectful registration form for stillbirths and neonatal deaths

    1. hayley wright
    2. Petition by

      hayley wright

      lilydale, Australia

Alex Lee Wright-Porter was born at 22 weeks gestation on Sunday, June 10th 2012, at 10.12 am through early onset of labour. He was perfect and healthy in every way, and he looked just like his Daddy. He was 30cm tall, and weighed 570 grams. He was my first baby, and he was stillborn.

I was unsure as to if I would get a birth certificate, death certificate, both, or none. I knew that there was paper work, but it was weeks before I got over my shock and devastation enough to think about it.

An online support group I joined warned me that I would get a certificate of birth listing Alex as stillborn. The ladies also made a comment about the front page, and how seeing the "beautiful happy, healthy smiling babies on the front cover" was like twisting the knife so soon after such a terrible loss.

Thanks to their warning, I was semi-prepared for the form -- but others won’t be. There are six photos of happy smiling babies on the front. It’s multicultural, respecting Australia’s diversity -- but not mums like me and others. This needs to change.  

It may sound like a small thing -- but when you’re still reeling from shock and grief, seeing the a front cover like this traumatised me all over again. That’s why I’m asking for the government to provide neutral or separate, respectful forms for stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

I know nothing with bring my precious son back. But I hope that by speaking out, I can make things just a little more bearable for parents like me in the future. Please sign my petition.

~ In memory of my son Alex Lee Wright - Porter 10/06/2012 x

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Amazing progress on Hayley's campaign!

      Bobbi Murphy
      Petition Organizer

      The Victorian government has just announced it will change the birth registration form to respect mums like Hayley.

      It's come after thousands of people signed her petition, and the Herald Sun covered her fight for sensitive forms for grieving mums. South Australia still has forms with images of babies, however.

      Link to the article here:

      Stillbirth forms changed after mum's ordeal

      A MELBOURNE mother's grief has helped change the birth registration process for thousands of parents. Hayley Wright, above, of Lilydale, was traumatised when she went into labour at 22 weeks, and her son Alex died.

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Huge heart felt THANKS!

      hayley wright
      Petition Organizer

      I just want to let all you very special people know that I read each and everyone of your reasons and it makes me feel so warm inside. To all the friends and families of Angel babies huge hugs to you all, you help me all feel less alone and understood xxxx - Hayley

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Omg

      hayley wright
      Petition Organizer

      95 signatures, makes me realise there must be a change! xx

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. A BIG Thank you to all for your support so far!

      hayley wright
      Petition Organizer

      Imagine you gave birth to an angel baby and then had to fill in forms with happy, smiling babies on the cover. Please sign for neutral or alternative birth registration statements.

    9. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanne Crawford EPPING, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      I lost a baby boy at 19 wks and I have nothing to say he was even here, just memories. These babies deserve to be recognised and their birth & death recorded regardless.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      The engine of my entire action is justice. Anything else would be a missed life for me.

      (Alice Schwarzer)

    • Kay jones AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Women and families who have lost a baby are often sitting in a torturous place called "grief"....give then some chance to make to the other side.

    • Danni Ellis SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      It is to alleviate parent's suffering and closure for their stillbirth babies

      • about 1 year ago

      The children of Neonatal & Stillbirth deaths are our much loved children and members of our families from the day of their conception. That is when the cherished love begins. It goes without saying that the registration form for any family member should reflect the deepest sensitivity and respect.


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