About Our Chapter

The Northern Idaho Chapter of Star Legacy Foundation was established in 2023. It is located in Coeur d’Alene and supports the surrounding Bonner County and Kootenai County areas. We are a team of individuals who are passionate about supporting families and medical professionals regarding all aspects of perinatal loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, neonatal death, prematurity, and other circumstances. We hope to provide a resource that is desperately needed in our community for parents and families who have gone through loss and the future families that will, unfortunately, experience this loss in the hope of showing them they are not alone. We will help honor and remember their babies who have died along with the families’ lifelong journey of healing. Our chapter is 100% volunteer-run, and we are always looking for new team members, volunteers, and donations from local families and businesses. Reach out through our social media or email if you would like to donate your time or items.

Star Legacy Goals and Projects

  • Support families who experience any type of pregnancy or infant loss
  • Partner with the medical community regarding pregnancy and infant loss (free support materials, provide free/low cost education, etc.)
  • Raise awareness and provide education for safer pregnancy
  • Advocate for legislation that will support pregnancy and infant loss
  • Encourage families to participate in the Pregnancy Research Project 

Chapter Needs

  • More Volunteers of any kind to help with location of quarterly meet-ups & future fundraisers
  • Events Chair (x2)
  • Family Support Chair
  • Medical Chair
  • Photographer for Local Families (2x contacts)

It is important to us that all families feel supported and welcome in this space. Please reach out to us so we can help meet your needs in the way you deserve.

Chapter Resources and Projects

Please note that these resources and project are chapter-specific.  To view our extensive supports and resources provided by the foundation, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Since stillborn babies tragically do not receive a Birth Certificate, many states offer a Certificate of Stillbirth or a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth (this includes Idaho).  Learn more about how to obtain a certificate for your baby/babies by clicking the link above.

Idaho has a few important pieces of legislation including a stillbirth tax credit and paid family leave to include stillbirth.  If you would like to learn more about how to help pass these bills, please complete our volunteer form.

Star Legacy Foundation provides evidence based continuing education workshops on numerous topics pertaining to pregnancy & infant loss.

Chapter Leadership Team

Chair/Social Media Manager Tierra Gelhausen-Buchanan

My name is Tierra Gelhausen and I live in Northern Idaho with my husband, Gavin, and our two living children, Alivia and Nash. I volunteer my time in honor of my first and second pregnancies. An ectopic TFMR in 2019, Layota, and for my firstborn son, Summit, who was stillborn in 2020.

Vice Chair Amber Lenze

My name is Amber Lenze and I live in North Idaho with my husband, Joshua, and my living daughter, Annie. My son, Gabriel, was stillborn on November 26, 2022 at 38+ weeks. I hope to honor Gabriel by providing resources to other loss families in my community through Star Legacy.

Event Chair Taylor Sommer

My name is Taylor Sommer and my husband and high school sweetheart, Dalton, and I live in North Idaho. We spent four years going through 8 rounds of IVF which consisted of 3 egg retrieval surgeries, 3 D&Cs and 6 miscarriages along with hundreds of hormone injections. I volunteer my time to honor the pregnancies and embryos that we’ve lost.

Chapter Photos

Connect with Us

Call: 952-715-7731 ext 739

Email: [email protected]

National Resources and Supports

Star Legacy Foundation offers many supports and resources. Below, you will find some of our highlighted resources and support.

We offer free peer-to-peer support where we match you with someone who has tragically had a similar experience with loss.  If you want to learn more, be matched with a peer or become a trained peer yourself, click the link above.

We offer many free, virtual support groups.  Learn more or register by clicking the link above.

We offer a wide selection of printed materials such as bereavement resources, support group cards, safe pregnancy support and more. All of our resources are completely free and ship free as well.

The Pregnancy Research Project is a research study bringing together patients and researchers to advance knowledge and discover preventions and treatments for poor pregnancy outcomes. Please consider giving the gift of data and becoming a participant.

Our Stillbirth Scorecards take the CDC stillbirth data and organizes it into a one page document you can share to raise awareness about the stillbirth crisis.

It would be an honor if we remembered your beloved baby alongside you.  Honor your babies with you by adding them as a star or creating a memorial page in their memory.