In this episode of Stillbirth Matters, Lindsey Wimmer, Executive Director visits with Anna Calix. Anna joined the Star Legacy Foundation in 2021 as our Spanish support group facilitator. She was born and raised in Honduras and came to the United States to pursue a college degree. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in Pre-medicine, Biology, and Communication Studies. She holds a certificate in Public Health Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is also pursuing a Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration.
The majority of Anna’s career has been in perinatal care. Ever since her first child was stillborn at 40 weeks, she has been dedicated to supporting fellow bereaved parents in their journeys, educating providers on improved perinatal bereavement care, and working to prevent baby loss by sharing best practices with families to keep their babies safe. Anna conducts this work through the organization she founded in memory of her son, Gifts from Liam. Anna also is a Star Legacy Foundation peer companion, co-chair of the Perinatal Alliance of Bereavement Care Providers of Illinois, former bereavement breast milk donor for the Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, and pregnancy and stillbirth researcher and participant. She has presented at numerous workshops and conferences about her experience, raising awareness about pregnancy loss and prevention. Anna lives in the Chicagoland area with her super rainbow son and visits Honduras, where her family lives, as much as possible.