The Memory of You
We received this music video from Minnesota musician Jason Matsch, who wrote and recorded the song “The Memory of You” after learning that his friends lost their daughter to a stillbirth. Jason says, “If you are moved by the song, please consider donating to the Star Legacy Foundation by visiting starlegacyfoundation.org. I am receiving no financial compensation for this song.” […]
March 16, 2017
We gain wisdom when we accept we don’t already have it. — Unknown
by Lindsey J. Wimmer, MSN, CPNP, CPLC The first step in many journeys is to admit our shortcomings. It’s not an easy thing to do and why many people refer to the ‘first step’ as being the hardest. It’s challenging to approach something that makes us feel inadequate. Yet, we gain the most when we […]
February 16, 2017
What does it cost?
by Lindsey Wimmer, MSN, CPNP, CPLC Whenever a new idea is introduced into medicine, one of the first questions is – “How much will it cost?” This is frustrating to me because it gives the impression we are more worried about money than the health, life, and well-being of human beings. However, I also understand […]
January 24, 2017
I am often asked some very difficult questions about the medical community’s efforts to prevent stillbirth and other poor pregnancy outcomes. Why do I have to have 3 miscarriages before they will do any tests? Why was my doctor willing to induce me at 40 weeks once he knew my baby had died – but […]
November 17, 2016
Evidence-based practice versus patient-centered care
by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC Evidence-based medicine and patient-centered care are two very popular buzz words in health care, but they often don’t make sense to the general public and can be conflicting principles. I attended a lecture last week by Dr. Sixto F. Guiang on this very topic at the annual meeting […]
September 18, 2016
Actions to Reduce Stillbirth
by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, PHN, CPNP, CPLC Hola from South America! I had the pleasure of spending this week in Montevideo, Uruguay at the Joint Conference of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) and the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID). In addition to visiting a beautiful country […]
August 22, 2016
The power of awareness…..
by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC I think almost every parent I know who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss has been told, “Sometimes these things just happen.” It is supposed to make us feel better because it isn’t our fault and nothing could have been done to prevent it. And to some people at […]
July 13, 2016
One step at a time…..
by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC Grief is often described as a ‘journey’ – and I understand why. My journey with stillbirth began 12 years ago this month. I’m still not sure what the ‘destination’ is, but I would describe it as a long hike. At the beginning of the hike, I was standing […]
June 7, 2016
A father’s advocacy never ends.
by Dale Fuller, Star Legacy Foundation Board Member I hope Landon is proud of me today. This year I’m celebrating Father’s Day with an empty highchair at our dinner table. Two years ago we lost our son Landon to stillbirth at 38 weeks gestation, just a few days before his due date. I had grown […]
May 13, 2016
Memorial Day…. Then and Now
by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC (This post was first published in 2013 and by request we are reposting for Memorial Day 2016!) I have fond memories of Memorial Day from my childhood. We would go around to the cemeteries where my great-grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and grandma were buried. It always took […]