Today I wanted to talk about and in many ways thank Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach, who yesterday stood up in The House of Commons and so bravely talked about losing her 5 day old son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Just thinking about the loss of your baby must be incredibly hard, but to open up about it in front of an audience of politicians doesn’t bear thinking about. Ms Sandbach fought back tears as she re-lived the horrid events that took place in 2009.
Antoinette was there to fight for better bereavement support in maternity wards. No one wants to even consider the possibility that they might lose their baby. It is just too gut-wrenchingly awful. But I imagine that if you or I found ourselves in that situation, we would be grateful for the right support in the right surroundings.
What I wanted to say in this post though is that in the bravado filled world of politics where no one ever seems to speak from the heart for fear of seeming weak, I am so grateful to Ms Sandbach for being real, for allowing herself to cry and show vulnerability and for speaking out for her fellow mothers.
This is what politics should be about in my mind. Real men and women who have experienced the ups and downs of life and who want to fight for the good of others. Even if it means putting themselves in the scary and very vulnerable position that Antoinette did yesterday.
Thank you Antoinette Sandbach for standing up, speaking from the heart and for not being afraid to cry in the dog eat dog world of politics. You showed true strength!