Breaking the Silence: A Quest for Answers

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Ann O’Neill The doctor was silent as she continuously scanned my 39-week pregnant belly with the ultrasound probe, looking for my son’s heartbeat.  Perhaps she had no words because the truth was unutterably horrible: There was no heartbeat.  I...

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More babies are dying due to indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Mary Kinney & Ashish KC New study from Nepal confirms the direct effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on care around the time of birth. A new study from Nepal confirms that the COVID-19 outbreak and response have severely affected maternal and newborn health. The study, published The Lancet Global...

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“Grief was a journey shared by both of us”: Why we need to recognize fathers’ grief following stillbirth and tailor support appropriately

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Kate Obst, University of Adelaide Pregnancy loss and neonatal death are devastating realities experienced by millions of families worldwide each year. However, along with loss and grief more broadly, pregnancy and infant loss have, historically, been seldom discussed. As...

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Bereavement Care in the Time of Corona

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Marc Harder, Sands UK “There are things you only do for love” (Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera) The rapid onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the importance of care around death and the dying...

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A story of stillbirth in a family from Uganda

A post from the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group stillbirths series by Loyce Ajilong I got married on December 12, 2003, and after two month of marriage I conceived my firstborn. The ultrasound scan revealed a male fetus and this was good news for us. We were all excited. We developed...

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