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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 […]



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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 […]



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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 […]



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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 […]



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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 […]



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A blog about blogs


by Lindsey J. Wimmer, MSN, CPNP, CPLC  I feel the need to speak up for stillbirth families in regard to the multitude of blogs, articles, and beliefs that circulate about us as grieving families and about pregnancy and childbirth in general.  The judgmental tone of much of this information makes it clear that these individuals […]



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A Message to the Medical Community on Mother’s Day


By Lindsey Wimmer, MSN, CPNP It is not often I read a research article that I think would be appropriate reading for multiple audiences.  There is a recent study, however, that I believe should be read by anyone who works with or loves families who are impacted by stillbirth. Silent loss and the clinical encounter: […]



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Shhhhhhh…..We can’t say the “s” word!!


by Lindsey Wimmer, MSN, CPNP Take the poll! If you have not yet read it, I encourage everyone to read the recent article in the New York Times titled, “Breaking the Silence of Stillbirth”.  This article is very well-written and puts into words many of the same emotions I tried to express in my last […]



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I feel so helpless!!


by Lindsey Wimmer, MSN, CPNP At one time or another, each of us has uttered this phrase or, at least, felt the sentiment.  When we want to help or feel the urge to help a person or situation, it can be paralyzing if an obvious answer isn’t available. I have felt this emotion many, many […]



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My baby is dead? What happened?


We invite you to answer a brief survey after you read this post..  click here to go to the survey. by Lindsey Wimmer, MSN, CPNP I was 26 years old, had been married for 3 years, and I was thrilled to be starting a family.  My pregnancy had been perfect and I thought I was […]



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