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New York State has joined 31 other states in a policy change that will give some women a sense of closure for their loss.

In most New York State communities the municipal clerk issues birth and death certificates, but according to Batavia City Clerk Heidi Parker this new “certificate of stillbirth” must be obtained directly from the State Health Department.

“Only the birth parents that are named on the fetal death certificate, A fetal death certificate is usually prepared by the hospital, but only the birth parents that are named on that certificate can request a certificate of still birth from New York State,” said Parker.

Parker said she believes this is because stillbirth is so personal.

Two Hudson Valley women lobbied in New York for the past five years to get the stillbirth certificate passed.

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