A federal Labor senator failed during the opening of the tragic heartbreak of the loss of her newborn baby.
This week marks the 20th anniversary since Kristina Keneally & # 39; s daughter Caroline was stillborn, a tragedy she says has changed her family forever.
Two decades have passed, but time has not yet felt the devastating pain that the former NSW Prime Minister still felt when she remembered the loss of her second child in a raw and emotional interview.
This is one of the few photos that Kristina Keneally and her husband Ben have of daughter Caroline
& # 39; We had a funeral for her and buried her. And those few days that you are in the hospital and you are holding your child, but you know you will never see her again, & # 39; the mother of three told Nine news.
& # 39; What I'm struggling to get to grips with is how I understood during pregnancy, I didn't understand how often there is still a birth in Australia. & # 39;
Senator Keneally also opened about the devastating tragedy in a profound opinion piece written for the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday.
& # 39; Her birth and death split my life before and after. The trauma, sadness, sadness and pain weakened me for a while. Our family has never been the same. There is always a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter who is missing, & she wrote.
& # 39; In the 20 years since I gave birth to Caroline, I have gone through feelings of guilt and sadness, sadness and depression, and often angry. & # 39;
Kristina Keneally showed rare emotions when discussing the loss of her baby girl Caroline
Mrs. Keneally and her husband Ben's eldest son, Daniel, were only 14 months old at the time.
The couple later a third child welcomed Brendan.
Approximately 2,200 Australian babies are stillborn every year, a figure higher than the national toll.
In 40 percent of the cases, the cause of death is unknown, according to the Stillbirth Foundation Australia.
About 44,000 Australian babies have been born to death since Caroline's death.
This week marks the 20th anniversary since the Labor Senator lost her daughter to stillbirth
& # 39; For 20 years, Australia has paid almost no attention to this private tragedy that is taking place on a large scale & # 39 ;, Keneally wrote.
& # 39; We have not talked about this personal grief that thousands of Australian families experience every year. We did not ask why it happens or if we could prevent it. & # 39;
Today, Senator Keneally & # 39; s long campaign that fights for improved stillbirth research and education is continuing.
She led the pressure in a two-part Senate investigation into stillbirths last year, where she described stillbirth as an overlooked and under-studied public health problem.
& # 39; Six babies & day in Australia are stillborn. That is six lives a day lost in Australia, & senator Keneally told parliament.
& # 39; Certainly, we as a nation can do better than this. & # 39;
Kristina Keneally was the first woman to become NSW Premier in 2009. She is pictured with her sons Brendan and Daniel
The led to the first set of national recommendations made earlier this year, including more prevention, research and support.
The report called for a National Stillbirth action plan with the aim of reducing the number of stillbirths by 20 percent over the next three years, of which Ms. Keneally says the federal coalition government has still responded.
While Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has allocated $ 7.2 million for medical research and education programs to reduce stillbirths, Senator Keneally says more needs to be done.
& # 39; We can't wait another 20 years. We just can't do it, & she said.
The former NSW prime minister, pictured with her sons and her husband, says she is a mother of dr
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