09/11/2009 09:11 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Kym Marsh Criticises Lack Of Funding For Premature Babies

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, whose baby son Archie died after he was born at 21 weeks, has criticised the Government over lack of funding for neonatal care.

The soap actress appeared in the ITV Tonight programme which investigated care for premature babies.

She has also written an article in the Daily Mail raising concerns about the levels of funding for care for babies born early.

Last week the Government admitted there was no new money for neonatal care, despite recommendations from the NHS Neonatal Task Force that thousands more nurses are needed.

Kym writes in the Mail: "The lack of funding seems particularly perverse when premature births are estimated to cost the UK economy £1billion a year."

She says: "It did not cross my mind when I got pregnant with Archie that anything might go wrong.

"Yet, in future, we could all be better prepared - with just a bit more financial investment, of course."

Kym, the former Hear'Say singer who plays Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, met other parents of premature babies at Birmingham Women's Hospital as part of the Tonight programme.

She said: "What was interesting was how everyone I spoke to said they didn't know why they'd gone into premature labour, why they had had their babies prematurely."

She said it was the first time she had the chance to meet other mums who had been through similar experiences.

"When something like this happens to you - you almost feel on your own, so I wanted to meet other people who have been through the same thing as me because I think it makes you feel a bit more normal," she said.

It's good to see a soap star getting properly involved in a campaign that's clearly so close to her heart.

She writes in the Mail: "Clearly, the country is under financial strain. We all understand that savings must be made, but this argument is about keeping our children - the future of our country - alive.

"As a parent who has gone through this, I know you have to be brave to try for a child once again. So, when you do, it is essential that you can put your trust in the care that is available."

Do you think Kym's efforts will help the Government find some extra funding for the tiniest babies? We'll have to wait and see...

Source: AOL News

Source: Daily Mail