The Star Legacy Foundation is proud to be one of the founding organizations of this coalition dedicated to bringing collective awareness to stillbirth issues and encouraging research & prevention initiatives.
Individuals, groups, organizations, health professionals, stillbirth parents and families and concerned individuals are encouraged to join the ASAP Coalition. There is no financial obligation required, just a desire to increase stillbirth awareness and prevention efforts. Join ASAP today!
Each year in the United States nearly 26,000 babies are stillborn, and most of these babies are of viable gestational age. For most the cause is never known.
Stillbirth causes and prevention have not been studied until rather recently. Many, including some health care providers, have commonly assumed that stillbirth can’t be predicted or avoided. However, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the risk and we are learning more each year. Awareness and education for both the pregnant mothers and health care providers is critical in both prevention and bereavement support.
Up until this time, many well-meaning, well- educated parent advocacy organizations have launched independent efforts to bring attention to the issues. They have designed educational brochures, visited physician offices, launched websites, helped to author legislation, demanded certificates recognizing the birth, and pleaded for research and attention from federal agencies that embrace maternal infant health issues. But this fragmented approach to stillbirth has been inefficient and often ineffective. We believe that it is time for change….