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 […]
April 5, 2016
Stillbirth Still Shocks…..
This article was co-authored by Hilary Hughes and Samantha Banerjee of the Star Legacy Foundation New York Metro Chapter and appeared in Lohud.com on 4/5/16. It is tenderly written and tells why our new chapter is so important. We have a number of new chapters organizing – if you are interested in forming or joining a chapter in […]
March 16, 2016
At least I’m not ‘high-risk’…..
by Lindsey J. Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC Pregnancies are usually characterized into high-risk and low-risk categories. The ‘high-risk’ pregnancies are those that have documented and accepted risk factors for poor outcomes. They include concerns like anatomical and genetic abnormalities in the baby, multiple gestation pregnancies, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and some maternal health conditions. These […]
December 17, 2015
Artists and lone wolves
Not long ago, yet it seems like ages, we had the good fortune of meeting Mark & Christine Ommen although the circumstances were far from fortunate as they had just lost their precious Matthew to an umbilical cord ‘accident’. I say we had the good fortune because this is an amazing talented young couple who […]
December 8, 2015
Sometimes These Things Just Happen
by Lindsey J. Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP,. CPLC I am often asked – How is Star Legacy Foundation different? I usually give a long-winded answer about our programs and amazing volunteers. Today, the answer that sums it up best is this: we believe we can do better. When my son was stillborn 11 1/2 years ago, […]
November 10, 2015
Is cord around the neck (nuchal cord) a problem or not?
Our guest blog this month is provided by our good friend and esteemed colleague Dr. Jane Warland of Adelaide, Australia. We are grateful to Dr. Warland for all the work she is doing to prevent stillbirth. If you have a question for Dr. Warland you can submit it here. —————————————————————————————— As I midwife I have […]
October 11, 2015
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month
by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC Welcome to October! In the US, it is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. And it is a bittersweet month for me. It is amazing because we have an entire month to hold special events or wear PAIL ribbons and pins. We have a sense of community […]