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Stillbirth in The News

January 26, 2017

4th Annual Let’s Not Be Still Run/Walk

Watch KARE 11’s Pat Evans television interview with Chris Duffy. GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn–The Star Legacy Foundation, an Eden Prairie-based national nonprofit dedicated to stillbirth research, education, advocacy and awareness, will hold the 4th Annual Let’s Not Be Still! Pregnancy & Infant Loss Run/Walk on Saturday, September 24 at Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie. This […]

January 23, 2017

Minnesota parents want state to research stillborn problem

Advocates want state to explore the poorly understood problem of stillbirths and its underlying causes.  By Jeremy Olson Star Tribune APRIL 17, 2015 As the anesthesia wore off, Amanda Duffy kept her eyes shut. Before being sedated for an emergency Caesarean section, she had learned her baby had no identifiable heartbeat and only glimmers of brain […]

Heartland Lutheran coach planning Jan. 14 fundraiser for stillbirth research

SHOOT FOR THE STARS By Jeff Bahr | Updated Jan 3, 2016 Everything was just fine for Mark and Christine Ommen on July 12. Christine was almost 33 weeks pregnant with their first child, a boy. There were no signs of trouble.  Christine, though, went to the doctor when she started feeling less fetal […]

The Mysterious Tree of a Newborn’s Life: The Push To Understand the Placenta

 By DENISE GRADY  Source: New York Times July 14, 2014 A print of a placenta was created by dipping the organ’s treelike branches in blue acrylic paint. The blood vessels that feed the branches were painted red before the blot was made. CreditMichael McMaster SAN FRANCISCO — Minutes after a baby girl was born on a […]

Stillbirth tax deduction bill breezes through House

NICK SMITH Bismarck Tribune January 19, 2017 North Dakotans who experience a stillbirth are one step closer to being eligible for a one-time state tax deduction that could help them with the cost of medical and burial expenses. The North Dakota House passed House Bill 1239 by a 90-0 vote Thursday. HB1239 would allow parents of […]

Perinatal hospice care prepares parents for the end, at life’s beginning

 by Danielle Paquette 4/17/2016 The baby who would soon die arrived at 34 weeks, eyes shut, squawking. Her father cut the umbilical cord with a pair of silver scissors. A priest in blue scrubs sprinkled Holy Water on her forehead. A photographer circled the delivery room, capturing her last moments. And Cathleen Warner quietly marveled: My baby […]

When the baby dies: Advice for birth doulas who companion the bereaved

Midway through an evidence-based and heartfelt training on pregnancy loss, we take a break. “Get outside, go for a walk, get some tea, stretch,” I say while introducing a 15-minute hiatus from a difficult topic. “Take care of yourself.” I organize my notes and breathe deeply. Conversation fills the room. The 25 or so individuals […]

Research Says 6 In 10 Term Stillbirths Could Have Been Prevented

After a long labour, Nicole Regan-Smith was discharged from hospital on Christmas Day. She was expecting to bring home her first baby. Instead, in her hands, she held a bundle of leaflets about post-mortems and funerals. Despite a normal pregnancy without any problems, when Nicole went into labour a few days earlier, the midwife couldn’t […]

The 6 ‘Rainbow Babies’ in This Beautiful Photo Have All Been Born Now

The very concept of a “rainbow baby” is enough to make most warm-blooded creatures well up with tears. It’s a child born to parents who previously lost a baby because of miscarriage, stillbirth, or sudden infant death. The new baby is their rainbow after the rain of loss. It’s also no wonder that photo shoots […]

January 22, 2017

A Candid Portrait of Grief (Babies On The Brain)

by Samantha Banerjee for Babies on The Brain, October 11, 2016   Today is my birthday – but celebrating is the last thing on my mind. For the past 3 years, my birthday has not been marked with cake and candles and good cheer.  Smiles and excitement and joy have given way to tears and sorrow and […]

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