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 […]
September 15, 2015
Star Legacy Foundation Kicks Off Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month With Annual Run/Walk Event!
October was designated as Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month in October of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. It’s an important time for us all to remember the babies, reflect on what has been accomplished and recommit to our vision that one day – pregnancy & infant loss will truly be a rare event. Star […]
August 24, 2015
How Can I Make Sure This Never Happens Again??
by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC The two most common questions I hear from stillbirth families are: 1. Why did this happen? 2. How can I make sure this never happens again? For the second question – I have found great comfort in doing whatever I can to support stillbirth research. From a large, public […]
July 14, 2015
Should We Be Scared?
by Lindsey J. Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC “I don’t want to scare my patients.” I hear this from obstetricians on a regular basis. And, at first, it seems caring and comforting. However, as I think about it more, it can be condescending, paternalistic, and unethical. When we are scared, we are simply nervous or […]
June 16, 2015
A Father’s Love: Promises For My Angel
By Star Legacy Foundation Board Member, Chris Duffy in honor of Father’s Day 2015. On November 2, 2014 at 4:47 p.m., our family was robbed. Robbed of a beautiful red-haired girl with so much potential. Our daughter, Reese Christine Duffy, was born without a heartbeat less than 24 hours before her scheduled delivery. The […]
May 6, 2015
Mother’s Day 2015
A guest blog by Star Legacy Foundation Board Member Shannon Renfro May is my favorite month. In Springtime, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and there are signs everywhere of new life. It is a wonderful time to celebrate new beginnings and make new memories. It is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day, which honors […]