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e-2467 (Health)

Initiated by Nadine Belzile from Gatineau, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • There are more than 3,000 stillbirths in Canada each year, and at least 30% of these babies could be saved;
  • Stillbirths are 16 times more common than cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS);
  • Stillbirth is a neglected, invisible public health issue that is not addressed by current public policies;
  • The stillbirth rate in Canada is 3.1 per 1,000 births, and has been stagnant for more than 20 years, while the rate in the Netherlands decreased by 52% to reach 1.8;
  • The United Kingdom and Scotland have programs in place that have successfully reduced the number of stillbirths by 20%;
  • The Government of Australia is developing a national action plan further to recommendations from a senate committee that studied the matter in 2018; and
  • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada recommends that all pregnant women be informed of the importance of fetal movement during the third trimester.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to follow the lead of the aforementioned countries and put in place:
1. A national committee to study stillbirth in Canada as a public health issue and to make recommendations for reducing the number of cases; and
2. A national awareness campaign, similar to the one for SIDS, to inform pregnant women of the risk of stillbirth and the importance of fetal movement during the third trimester.
Open for signature
October 7, 2020, at 12:12 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 4, 2021, at 12:12 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Steven MacKinnon
Liberal Caucus
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