MP Sharon Hodgson opens up about her heartbreaking stillbirth on live TV

Sharon Hodgson’s story of her painful experiences after the birth of her stillborn daughter, Lucy, shook the House of Commons last week.

And the MP welled up on This Morning as she explained how her daughter didn’t receive the rush of flashing ambulance lights and birth certificate that other babies do – because officially she didn’t even exist.

Sharon is working with a group of parliamentarians on a new bill which will see stillborn children recognised with a birth certificate.

On the sofa, Sharon told Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield how difficult it was for her to tell her story when the all-party group for baby loss was set up in 2015, and how she marvelled at two other politicians who could tell their own tale.

"At the debate that took place with Antoinette Sandbach and Will Quince, I hid in my office," she recalleed.

"I just couldn’t even be in the chamber."

The MP then commended actress Kym Marsh for the storyline which featured on Coronation Street regarding her character Michelle Conner’s stillbirth, and the awareness she raised through it.

Fans of the ITV morning show took to social media to show their solidarity for Sharon and Kym.

One user called the MP "strong and brave" for her raising awareness for the subject, while another echoed these sentiments, calling Sharon "inspiring".

Another user tweeted: "Balling my eyes out # thismorning I can’t begin to imagine the pain these women feel. Why is this even an issue?

"As if their situation isn’t stressful and emotional enough, I’ll be contacting my MP, it’s outrageous that it’s not already law!"

Kym Marsh told her story of giving birth to her stillborn son Archie on the sofa last year, and echoed Sharon’s views that he should be recognised with a birth certificate.

She said: "When I am long gone and here no more, if you trace my family tree he won’t be there, because there’s no birth certificate."

*This Morning continues weekdays on ITV at 10.30am.


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