Star Legacy Foundation

Chicago Chapter

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Welcome to Star Legacy Foundation’s Chicago Chapter

Established in the spring of 2018, the Chicago Chapter is on a mission to support families who have experienced loss, while partnering with our local medical community to provide research-based education around supports and practices that will ultimately limit the number of stillbirths in Chicago and the surrounding area.

We are the parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and friends of beloved stillborn babies. We know the pain and devastation of losing a child to stillbirth and believe every pregnancy deserves a happy ending.

If you or someone you know has lost their baby, we are here to help. We can connect you (or them) with other families in our area or suggest additional resources to help in the grieving process. Additionally, we host area ‘socials’ for families who have experienced loss to connect and build community.

We also welcome questions from expectant parents and medical professionals looking for information on how to best support a healthy pregnancy.

Additionally, our Star Legacy Chapter seeks to connect medical professionals with research, resources, educational opportunities, and professional development around supporting healthy pregnancies and families experiencing a loss. If you are a medical professional and would like to partner with us, please contact chicago@starlegacyfoundation.org.

Chapter Leadership Team

  • Lindsey Schmitz, Co-Chair
  • Lindsay Housner, Co-Chair
  • Ross Housner, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Stephanie Sojka, Outreach Chair
  • Jacqui Liberman, Family Support Co-Chair
  • Anna Arbetter, Family Support Co-Chair
  • Martha Stolfe, Event Co-Chair
  • Kasey Macha, Event Co-Chair
  • Susan Rizzato, Health Professional Liaison

Grief Support (Free Services)

Speak with a Star Legacy Certified Grief Counselor

If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a child and needs emotional support, call us at 952.715.7731, x 1. Certified Grief Counselors available.

Online Support Groups Hosted by Star Legacy Foundation

Star Legacy Foundation provides several live, online videoconference support groups for parents and grandparents/extended family experiencing a loss, as well as for families who are pregnant/parenting following a loss.

Research

Stillbirth is a tragic loss and we believe, in many cases, it can be prevented. Learn about our current research projects here: http://starlegacyfoundation.org/research-projects/

Upcoming Events

Please join us for a Chicago chapter ‘social’ on Sunday, June 3rd at 1:00 at the 31st Street Beach for a ‘meet-and-greet’/picnic. Bring your own picnic as we provide a space to casually connect with other families and hear more about the Chicago chapter. Out of respect for the recently bereaved, we ask that this remain an adult only event.

In early 2019, the Chicago chapter will host a silent auction to raise funds to support preventative research. We welcome volunteers to support event planning, donate items to our auction, or support outreach and ticket sales.  If you’d like to find out more about how to attend or help with this event, please contact us at 952.715.7731 x 716 or chicago@starlegacyfoundation.org.

Contact Us

The leadership team of the Chicago Chapter meets monthly. Our initiatives for this year include:

  1. Partnering with the local medical community on education and awareness to increasingly prevent stillbirth, when possible
  2. Establish a community of trained, peer-to-peer grief support counsels in the Chicago area
  3. Hosting our first Chicago chapter champions event

If you or someone you know would like to get involved to support our mission and initiatives, please get in touch with us at 952.715.7731 x 716 or chicago@starlegacyfoundation.org.

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