NEW YORK METRO CHAPTER

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Welcome to the New York Metro Chapter of the Star Legacy Foundation!

Established in 2015, we are a motivated group of parents, grandparents, and friends of stillborn babies. Our mission is to educate the medical community and the public about stillbirth, raise funds for research, and provide support to families who are missing their baby.

We believe that through greater awareness and empowered pregnancy, many of these tragedies can be prevented, and we strive to ultimately lower the number of stillbirths in the New York Metropolitan area and beyond.

Our service area includes portions of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. If you are located in the NY Metro area and would like to learn more about our chapter, please contact us!

Contact the NY-Metro Chapter

952-715-7731 ext. 710
ny-metro@starlegacyfoundation.org

Chapter Leadership Team

  • Samantha Banerjee, Chair
  • Christine Chang, Medical Chair
  • Amanda Donohue, Events Chair
  • Jeanine Sabatino, Outreach Chair
  • Elaina Vietz, Legislative Chair
  • Committee Leaders:
    • Peer Companion Coordinator: Kathy Gardener
    • Medical Geographic Liaisons: Laura Forer (Manhattan/Bronx), Domenique Rice (Brooklyn), Kaitlin Iannelli (Long Island)
    • State Legislative Liaisons: Maggie Goodwin (NY), Maureen Schwartz (NJ)
    • Events Leads: Kristin Ferriggi & Amanda & Mark Donohue (LNBS Long Island), Adam & Arianna Siepiola (LNBS Westchester), Mark Terjessen & Carolyn Waldecker (Swing for the Stars Golf Outing), Jeanine Sabatino (Social Events)

NY-Metro Chapter Upcoming Events

Grief Support

If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a child, you can call 952-715-7731 x 1.  Certified Grief Counselors available.

Peer Support is also available!  Peer Companions are individuals who have first-hand experience with pregnancy loss and neonatal death and have been trained to help others along their grief journey.  Contact us at 952-715-7731 x 710 or ny-metro@starlegacyfoundation.org if you or a loved one would like to be contacted by a trained peer companion.  More information here.

Star Legacy Foundation provides live, online support groups. Groups are held via HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing and facilitated by trained health professionals.  Registration is required only for the first time you attend.  After that you will receive a reminder before each session that will include login information specific to each session.  For more information or to register click here.

Advocacy

Did you know? Unlike other babies who sadly die in their first year of life, stillborn babies do NOT qualify for dependent tax benefits under current state law in NY, NJ, or CT.

Families of stillborn babies face all the same expenses during pregnancy and birth as other families, plus several thousand dollars of unanticipated costs such as autopsy and genetic testing, funeral and burial/cremation, grief counseling, and time away from work. We believe that families of stillborn babies should be entitled to recognition and tax benefits like any other family who welcomes a new baby. The Stillbirth Tax Credit bill would fix this disparity and give stillborn babies the acknowledgement they deserve.

It only takes two minutes to support the Stillbirth Tax Credit bill in your state! More info and instructions (including email/call script) can be found here:

  • For NY residents
  • For NJ residents
  • For CT residents: coming soon! Please contact us if you’d like to help!

Newsletters

Click here to subscribe to the NY Metro Chapter Newsletter!

In The News

  • Chapter Chair Samantha Banerjee was a recent guest on the White Plains Hospital podcast! Click here to listen.

Helpful Information

NY Metro Peer Companion Information

Obtaining a Stillbirth Certificate:

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