"Many people will be aware of my story of baby loss. Despite the passage of time, these events in our lives never leave us completely. In Parliament yesterday, ahead of Baby Loss Awareness Week on 9-15 October, colleagues from all sides of the House had the opportunity to discuss this issue.
"It was an emotional debate, both for those listening and those delivering their contributions. Many MPs speak from personal experience and it is never easy to relay experiences in such a public way; I pay tribute to all colleagues of all parties - both male and female - who did so.
"I talked about the impact of baby loss on my mental health and noted that opportunities were missed to address this aspect of my experience that I hope would not be today or in the future. It is of paramount importance that we treat baby loss as more than a neonatal outcome.
"We need to look after women who lose babies during pregnancy or shortly after holistically so that they are able to deal with their loss, and their family's loss, in an appropriate and personal way.
"For more information on this issue, please visit Sands, the stillbirth & neonatal death charity, which has a host of resources."