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Stillbirth

You Can Save a Baby, Too.

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Every day during her third trimester, without fail, Katie counted the kicks of her unborn son. He was an active baby that was always on the move, until one day Katie noticed that within the hour it took to normally get ten kicks, she only got four.

Research Needed to Help Treat Children Affected by Zika

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 06.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Catherine Y. Spong

While our attention is rightly focused on vaccine development, mosquito control, and other measures to prevent the spread of Zika, it is also important that we in the public health community identify optimal approaches to treat and care for the generation of children exposed to the virus in the womb.

Outlander Gets Stillbirth Just Exactly Right

Tara Shafer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Parents
Tara Shafer

I watched the character of the time-travelling Claire Randall Fraser give birth to a stillborn daughter on Outlander this week. I was shaken to the co...

A Mother's Day With Empty Arms

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Mother's Day is supposed to be a happy occasion. But, when your arms are empty, whether it be from child loss, miscarriage or infertility, it can be tough. Instead of celebrating being a mother, you wonder, why me?

They May Not Have Children, But They're Still Mothers

Ann Zamudio | Posted 05.03.2016 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

There are many women who hold the love of a child deep in their hearts, yet don't have the living proof standing beside them.

Living With Secondary Infertility

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 03.31.2016 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

As a parent living with secondary infertility, I know how fortunate I am to have a smart, funny, all-around-awesome child. I also know the beauty of watching a young child learn and grow. I long to have that experience again with another child.

The One Thing Not to Do When a Friend Has a Stillbirth

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Every 22 minutes. Pause and ask yourself if you know someone who has had a stillbirth. Did you reach out to them when it happened? Do you wish you had? The horrible truth is that stillbirth happens every 22 minutes in the U.S., so chances are we all know someone who has gone through it.

Zika Virus May Also Cause Stillbirths

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living

The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babie...

10 Things I've Learned In The 10 Years Since Our Daughter's Birth And Death

Carissa K | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Carissa K

I consider these things to be lessons from the daughter I never met, but know innately.

The Majority of Stillbirths Occur in Africa But How Does A Mother Deal With The Loss?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 01.23.2016 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Nigeria suffers a rate of almost 43 stillbirths per 1000 births, whereas Iceland has a rate of only 1.3 per 1000 births. How can Nigeria simultaneously reduce its stillbirth rate and ensure that the 43 mothers per 1000 births are supported?

International Migrants Day -- Addressing the Growing Health Crisis

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

There are currently almost 60 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world. This is the most at any time since World War II -- a devastating reminder on International Migrants Day.

44 Days and Counting...

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

One day, around 31 weeks, his kicking stopped. Nothing. No dancing. No rolling. No jabs to the ribs. Just worry. I told my doctor about the change in movement. Luckily, she took me very seriously, and sent me for special tests.

Hard Conversations Worth Having

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

We had just been informed that my wife's pregnancy had come to an end, in the form of a miscarriage, an hour or so before. One fact had escaped us when we received this news -- that my wife would have to go about her life over the next few days with our miscarried child still inside her, because our doctor only performed the D&Cs on Wednesday afternoons.

Woman Transforms Wedding Dresses Into Burial 'Angel Gowns' For Newborns

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 11.02.2015 | Weddings

The pain of losing a baby is unimaginable, but one woman aims to make the process a little bit easier on grieving families. Dawn Lafferty is the pres...

Why I Believe in Miracles Even After My Son's Death

Jessi Snapp | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Jessi Snapp

My miracle came beautifully wrapped up in a feeble baby boy who fit perfectly in my arms. He was tiny and his life so very brief. But he is no less a miracle. He is my miracle. And I will never stop believing in the power and hope that continues to manifests in his life.

What I Wish My Doctors (and Other Medical Professionals) Knew About Pregnancy Loss

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

Few situations highlight our inability to fix and make better more starkly than the loss of a baby. Medical professionals treating a family affected by miscarriage or stillbirth are faced not only with the inability to fix or heal the baby who has died, but also uncertainty about how to respond to the grieving parents.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Delivered My Stillborn Son

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 10.12.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

When the doctor confirmed my worst suspicions and slowly helped me up from the exam table, I asked, "What happens now? Do I need to have a D&C?" He shook his head no. "You'll need to deliver." With those words, I was transported into a "through the looking glass" world where life as it was supposed to be was turned on its head.

Finding The Why

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

I was in the middle of living out my fantasy of having two kids, two years apart when my son died at 39 weeks. He was a full term 7 pound, 1 ounce baby who had become tangled in the umbilical cord.

9 Poignant Cards That Find The Words You Can't When Someone Loses A Baby

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents

A mom and psychologist has developed a line of empathy cards that she hopes will break down the silence around a common but not often discussed source...

Mom's Powerful Stillbirth Post Issues Important Plea To Parents

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents

A Florida mom's devastating Facebook post about her experience with stillbirth is sending a powerful message to moms and dads across the social media ...

Why I'm Still a Very Lucky Mommy

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Alana Rosenstein

The year-and-a-half since our loss has been among the most challenging times in my life, but also a time filled with reminders of how very fortunate I am.

Moving Family Portrait Helps Parents Heal After Infant Loss

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents

When Katy and Justin Patten hired a photographer to take family portraits with their children this year, they had a special vision in mind. The Wiscon...

Viral 'Rainbow Babies' Photo Post Brings Emotional Topic To Light

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents

A Facebook photo post is prompting widespread discussion of an emotional topic for many parents: rainbow babies. A rainbow baby is a child born after...

A Yom Kippur Search for Forgiveness About My Stillborn Son

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Alana Rosenstein

This year, still grieving my stillborn son, I struggle with questions of guilt and forgiveness that my schoolgirl self could not have fathomed. How do you say "I'm sorry" to the baby whose eyes will never see the world outside his mother's womb?

This Viral Couple Miscarried. Here's What We Can Learn From Them

Ann Zamudio | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Ann Zamudio

To Sam and Nia, I send my heartfelt condolences. I thank you for sharing your journey with the world and for allowing the world to grieve with you. While we join them in mourning the loss of the child they'd only just started to celebrate, I think there are many things we can take away from their very public experience.