International Stillbirth Alliance Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 1
© 2008 ISA
“Collaboration for the understanding and prevention of stillbirths”
The goals of ISA are:
TO CONNECT professionals, organizations and
individuals for the purposes of initiating research on, educating about, and
promoting awareness of stillbirth.
TO COLLECT information worldwide that is
related to stillbirth for families and researchers and store it in a central
TO EDUCATE on recommended precautionary
methods through publicity campaigns aimed at the public and the medical
2008 INTERNATIONAL STILLBIRTH Conference
International Stillbirth Conference
A joint conference of ISA and WHO
hosted by the Norwegian Society of Perinatal Medicine
Norwegian SIDS and
Stillbirth Society and
Perinatal Research Center, Rikshospitalet University Clinic
The International Stillbirth Alliance and the
World Health Organization are pleased to announce the 2008 International
Stillbirth Conference in Oslo, Norway on November 5 – 7, hosted by the Norwegian
Society of Perinatal Medicine.
The 2008 International Stillbirth Conference’s key topics will be:
- Developing countries and social inequities
– policies and programs for effective prevention of stillbirths
- The challenge of fetal growth restriction –
the epidemiology, causes and management to prevent deaths
- Excellence of care: prevention and
management – the best evidence for management of pregnancies and stillbirths
For more details, visit
confirmed titles and speakers
ISA is Growing!
the last newsletter, ISA is proud to welcome
members and one associate member.
For more information and links,
please go to our website
Welcome to our newest Full ISA members:
Swedish National Infant Fund
The Institute for Reproductive and Family
Health (RaFH) - Vietnam
CiaoLapo Onlus - Italian stillbirth support
Swedish National Infant Fund
The Swedish National Infant Fund (Spädbarnsfonden) organises seminars and
activities all over Sweden offering the latest research and information on
topics such as SIDS, mothers who smoke and the effects of nicotine, the effects
of alcohol, and the risk factors involved for older mothers. Its website hosts a
forum for grieving families who have lost a child to share their stories and
thoughts. It also offers a strong support network for families and access to a
national helpline for people in crisis.
For more information on this organisation and
any of its activities see
The Institute for
Reproductive and Family Health (RaFH)
The Institute for Reproductive
and Family Health (RaFH) was established in 1993 as a Vietnamese non-profit and
non-governmental organisation (NGO). RaFH is operating in the fields of gender,
sexuality, reproductive and family health in the northern, southern and central
provinces of Vietnam, focusing on rural, mountainous and remote areas, ethnic
minorities and disadvantaged groups of women and children (female victims of
domestic violence and trafficking, sex workers, HIV/AIDS infected and affected
RaFH’s goals of improving reproductive health and ensuring safe motherhood has
brought it to focus on the high stillbirth rate in Vietnam. Most stillbirths
occurring there are caused by infection and can be prevented through education
and better health practices. RaFH is working for improvement by training
midwives and nurses, organizing workshops and seminars, publishing educational
materials, implementing intervention programs and updating knowledge and
technology on gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s and
children’s rights, safe motherhood, family planning, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
See www.rafh-vietnam.org for
more information on the many activities and accomplishments of this impressive
CiaoLapo Onlus - Italian
stillbirth support organization
CiaoLapo Onlus (
www.ciaolapo.eu ) in a non-lucrative
(non-profit), non-religious charity organization founded in 2006 by Claudia and
her husband Alfredo (a medical doctor as well) in the loving memory of their
The goals of CiaoLapo are to:
CiaoLapo is currently offering weekly online self-help groups to
bereaved parents and free online psychological and gynaecological consults to
members, in Italian language on the website
CiaoLapo is a member organization of the Hygeia Foundation, Member Organization
of the Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Society (Sands-UK) and Full Member
Organization of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA).
Welcome to our newest
Associate ISA member:
Seattle Children’s Office
for Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth, based at Seattle Children’s
Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, Seattle Children’s has established a new
Office of Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth, which takes a comprehensive
approach to understanding these devastating birth outcomes. This two-part
initiative is under the direction of Craig Rubens, MD, PhD, and Professor of
Paediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
The initiative will :
identify published and
unpublished data performing a gap analysis on the current status of preterm and
stillbirths around the world and
host an international summit,
which will be held in Seattle in 2009, organized by Seattle Children’s and
funded in part by the Gates Foundation.
Their stated goal is to
identify common themes of stillbirths and preterm births and identify
opportunities to advance our understanding of this global public health crisis.
This effort is a collaborative undertaking by multiple investigators from around
the world who have specific investigational expertise in countries heavily
impacted by preterm labour and stillbirth.
Welcome to our new Parent
Advisory Committee Members:
A special welcome to
Claudia and Alfredo who have recently joined our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
Claudia Ravaldi, co-founder
with her husband Alfredo of the Italian stillbirth support organization,
CiaoLapo Onlus. Claudia is the mother of three babies Giulio (2003), Lapo
(stillborn 2006) and Guglielmo (2007). She is a psychiatrist and
psychotherapist, mainly working in the fields of eating disorders, anxiety and
depression. She is also the author of several international articles and book
chapters on psychiatric issues. After the stillbirth of Lapo, she decided to
apply herself mainly to the field of grief, beginning the study and the clinical
application of validated international protocols for perinatal grief support.
Unfortunately, in Italy very few hospitals offer a structured service for
parents' grief, so she decided to create with her husband a charity organization
to spread the culture of perinatal support in Italy and to directly offer free
psychological support to bereaved
Assistance for bereaved family members
and Father's Day
To our parents -- Mother and Father's Day* are
reportedly two of the toughest days after the death of a baby or child. The
confusion by many family and friends about whether you are a parent if your baby
died, complicates this time. We suggest you remember that you are a parent who
has suffered the ultimate a parent can experience, the death of your child.
Whenever you approach this special day, do nice things for yourself and your
partner to honor your parenthood and remember all of your children.
*We are aware that Mother’s and Father’s Day come on different days in each
country. Many celebrate Mother's Day in May - the US, Australia, New Zealand,
but many don't. And some celebrate Father's Day in June - the US and England,
but many don't. Please use the information in this article whenever it is
appropriate for you and your community.
When we found this nice article on the Trisomy 18 website, we asked for
permission to reprint it. Please know that although it mentions Trisomy 18 and
only mothers, we invite you to read it as the loss of a baby for any reason. Of
course, we also want our fathers to know that we recognize many of the needs and
feelings are the same, so Dads, you are included, too.
Our hearts go out to any bereaved parents who find either of these days
difficult this year. Make plans for 'your' day, tell others what you wish to
happen, and remember -- You are a Mother; you are a Father. Your love transcends
time, birth, and death.
Loved One cope with Mother's Day
having lost a child to Trisomy 18 or for any other reason, Mother's Day can be a
difficult time, particularly the first one. In a recent online survey of
grieving mothers, over half of the mothers surveyed considered Mother's Day to
be their most difficult holiday.
If she has no other living children, others may overlook the fact that she is
still a mother. If she does have other living children, others often don't
realize that the absence of one of them on this special day can make the day
bittersweet. Those around her often don't know what to say or do, and as a
result usually say nothing, which usually makes it worse.
So what can you do to help?
Help her plan ahead. Although some say that “expecting it to be a hard day” is
creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, it really is better to have a plan. Waiting
to see what will happen usually results in a difficult day that could have been
made easier with a little foresight. Realize that the day is likely to have its
rough moments and plan ahead.
Many moms find that doing something special for their missing child (whether in
private or with family) gives them the ability to make it through the rest of
the day because they know they haven't “forgotten” their absent child. Ask her
ahead of time if she would like you to participate in or help plan a special
remembrance for her child. It also helps for her to have an “escape plan” if she
just can't hold it together during any gatherings. Offer to deal with any
explanations that are needed if she needs to escape.
Be sure to acknowledge her child in some way on Mother's Day. Some suggestions
are a card, a hug, a remembrance gift, a donation in her child's name, visiting
the gravesite and leaving a small gift, but mainly just be sure to let her know
that you are remembering her child on that day.
Some mothers, knowing that their church has something special planned for
mothers that will not include them, choose to worship somewhere else or not
attend services at all. If that is the case, perhaps you can speak to the
minister ahead of time so things can be modified to be appropriate for all
mothers. There will surely be other mothers in similar situations who would also
appreciate them sensitively handling the situation.
And if you plan to get any type of Mother's necklace or bracelet for her (or
Grandmother's items for her mother), be sure to include her absent child as
well. The pain of not having her child with her is intensified when others seem
to “forget” her child in items such as this.
Finally, let her know that even though her precious child is not with her
physically, she is still his or her mother and her child loves her very much.
Reprinted with permission from the Trisomy 18 Foundation-
The following two articles are contributed by SANDS, Queensland, Australia
Every father believes in his role as protector of his family. He has been
assigned the job of fixer and problem solver. He has been told since his
youngest days that he must be strong and must not cry.
But each father among us had to face that point where no amount of fixing,
problem solving and protecting has been able to stop our child's death. And,
inside, we must ask ourselves about our failure, and we must face our lack of
Father's Day if often a forgotten holiday, overshadowed by the longer-standing
tribute to mothers. But for the bereaved father, it is a poignant reminder of
bitter sweetness: sweet in the memory of a loved, now lost, child; bitter for
the death and pain and recognition of inability to stop what happened.
Fathers do not often have a chance to share their hurts and concerns. Often
times they are unable to do so, a remnant of childhood learning about the
strength and stoicism of 'Big Boys'. A father may even be uncomfortable opening
up to his wife, and the wife who pushes him to talk may be pushing him too hard.
Father's Day does not have to be a time when everyone pours out of the woodwork
to say, "I'm sorry we haven't talked. Let's do it now." But it can be a time
when the family gives Dad a hug, does something special, helps with the chores,
and mostly, lets him know how important and needed and loved he is. It is some
of there things that he has lost with the death of a child. And, like Mother's
Day, the day set aside for father does not have to be limited to a certain
Sunday. It can be any day and every day.
Fathers often show their hurts differently, often internally. BUT THEY DO HURT.
By Gerry Hunt
(Aug/Sep 2000 The Compassionate Friends )
DADDY'S GRIEVE TOO
It must be so hard on you to be a Dad who grieves,
When real men don’t cry or become upset
Only women do you are told to believe.
Your dreams are gone,
Your future has changed
Your wife is just not the same,
You hold your head as high as you can
And play your part of the game
Your heart just tells you differently,
It aches and hurts you so,
When will someone give you permission
To let your emotions show?
They ask you how your wife is,
Ignoring the fact you hurt too,
You answer the question but always wonder
When they will ask about you.
Keep the memory alive of the child you love
And your love will always shine through.
And maybe one day this world will know
That Daddies always grieve too.
Sands TAS June 2001
International Stillbirth Research Alert
The ISA Website is continuing to develop, with a focus on providing a
comprehensive resource library on stillbirth for both professionals and parents.
The International Stillbirth Research Alert is a new addition to this growing
The Research Alert is a quarterly update on the international research being
conducted on stillbirth. Collaborating with the Australian and New Zealand
Stillbirth Alliance for this project, the aim is to provide a plain language
summary of recent key papers being published that are relevant to our cause.
Visit the ISA Website at
www.stillbirthalliance.org and click on ‘ISA Stillbirth Research
Alert’ under ‘Research’ to find the first issue. Coming soon: Alerts from
January through to March and April through to June. Any comments, queries or
suggestions for the Research Alert, please email:
Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance – Website Now Up and Running!
The Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) is one of the
International Stillbirth Alliance’s Regional Offices.
It is an alliance of organisations and individuals focusing on stillbirth
prevention through conducting high quality research and supporting evidence
based maternity care. ANZSA has recently developed an educational program for
clinicians on perinatal mortality audit and immediate support for parents using
the SCORPIO method. To find out more about this and ANSZA, their aims and
achievements, and their collaborative organisations, please visit their new
“From My Heart” fundraising campaign
International Stillbirth Alliance relies solely on donations
to support our programs and services.
This Mother's or Father’s Day please consider honoring a special mother,
father or baby
by supporting our “From My Heart"
fundraising campaign. ISA is honored to
partner with Naomi Arnold, a contemporary pianist, composer, songwriter and
singer. For each donation of $100.00 or more you will receive a copy of Naomi’s
CD “From My Heart”. This beautiful compilation includes songs that Naomi has
written and dedicated to her stillborn children, Brady and Danielle. It also
includes a truly inspirational song of hope entitled “Not Again.” To learn more
about Naomi and her music, please visit
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Each issue of ISAQ will
include an interview with an ISA founder, Board member or Committee member. We
Chair, and Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) Vice-chair,
Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Perinatal Mortality Group
Co-chair, Acting Director of Centre for Clinical Studies, Mater Health Services,
Brisbane, mother of four children.
Quarterly: Thank you for making time to talk with us, Vicki. Would you begin by
telling us how you came to be involved in ISA—what is your personal connection
to your work?
Vicki Flenady: After a 15 year
background in nursing and midwifery, I naturally fell into neonatal intensive
care at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in
. The six years I spent in neonatal intensive care triggered a passion for
perinatal mortality research. I would watch parents lose a loved one and I felt
helpless. I wanted to help reduce the stillbirth rate in
, a developed country which should have the medical capacity to do this. In 1999
I completed my Master of Medical Science in Clinical Epidemiology and
Biostatistics. While I am currently the Director of the Mater Research Support
Centre and Centre for Clinical Studies (where a number of exciting projects
exploring reduced fetal movement, autopsy consent, and smoking cessation are
underway) I am also in the process of completing my PhD on the epidemiology of
unexplained stillbirth in
. Even though I am researching into reducing stillbirth in
, I also recognise that this is a global health problem with developing
countries carrying the largest burden. If
we truly want to tackle this international health issue we must approach it
collaboratively, globally and with a dedicated team of health care professionals
and researchers and parents. I feel very proud to be a part of ISA in its
mission to achieve just this and I acknowledge and thank the founding members of
ISA for their insight and wisdom in making this rational and vital global
approach a reality.
I was first invited to join ISA in 2004 at the first annual conference in
. I was thrilled to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee as I could
’s research position and contribute to the global effort. I soon became a
member of the Board and at the ISA General Assembly in
last year I had the privilege of being voted Chair of ISA.
ISAQ: What do you think are ISA’s
wonderful thing about ISA is the fact it brings people, from all different parts
of the world, with varying knowledge, experiences, and ideas together as one
organisation, with a common goal – to reduce stillbirth throughout the world.
We have two focuses within ISA - improving research through the ISA Scientific
Advisory Committee and understanding bereavement processes and assisting parents
to link it with local support and find the information they need through the
Parent Advisory Committee.
I believe the most important aspect in the success of ISA is our annual
Conference. These conferences are an important time for all parent and
professional member organisations to gather together and explore the priority
activities of ISA in reducing the global burden of stillbirth and to improve
care for parents when their baby is stillborn. It is through this face-to-face,
personal communication, and joint, cooperative efforts that ISA can move
forward, and achieve our organisational goals.
To date, these conferences have been very successful with outcomes achieved in
both the scientific and bereavement strands. Most recently at the Birmingham
Conference, the Parent Advisory Committee was able to establish firmer links
with organizations across the world. This Committee is now in the process of
developing a series of “Ten questions to ask your health care provider"
for parents which have an international perspective. These will soon be
available on the ISA website. Another exciting outcome from this conference is
the establishment of a Developing Countries Committee. This is in its early
stages but will concentrate on creating awareness and reducing the rate of
stillbirth in developing nations.
From a scientific perspective, the opportunity to place experienced researchers
in the same room is invaluable to the progress of understanding stillbirth. It
allows for researchers to discuss, learn, expand and understand. Not only this
but it promotes more efficient processes in research including the crucial work
that needs to be done to improve data quality around identification,
classification and investigation of stillbirths. The recent establishment of
ISA’s first regional office placed with the Australian and New Zealand
Stillbirth Alliance (www.stillbirthallinace.org/anz)
is testament to the success of ISA.
Essentially, the existence of ISA helps people globally to achieve their
perinatal mortality goals.
The stillbirth fact corner
the Risk of Stillbirth
The Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) in collaboration with
ISA are conducting a comprehensive literature review of stillbirth covering the
following areas: causes and risk factors for stillbirth; antenatal prediction of
stillbirth; interventions to reduce the risk of stillbirth; value and costs of
stillbirth investigation protocols; bereavement support and options following a
stillbirth; classification systems for stillbirth; and models of stillbirth
first section of this review summarises the important and potentially modifiable
risk factors for stillbirth in developed countries. These factors include:
overweight and obesity, smoking, advanced maternal age (over 35 years).
Primiparity is also an important risk factor. Women who have had a previous
perinatal death are also at higher risk of stillbirth in subsequent pregnancies.
Previous caesarean section may also increase the risk of stillbirth however this
finding requires confirmation in further well designed studies.
pregnancy is also a modifiable risk factor for antepartum stillbirth, which
affects about 1 per 1000 on-going pregnancies at 41 weeks, 1 in 500 at 42 weeks
and 1 in 200 at 43 weeks. These risks can be avoided by routine induction
and ANZSA are currently collaborating in raising public awareness of the
modifiable risk factors for stillbirth.
the majority of otherwise unexplained stillbirths are related to placental
dysfunction and are associated with fetal growth restriction, further research
is needed into methods of screening women as a part of routine antenatal care to
detect those at increased risk and to also clarify the best management
strategies for women who screen positive.
review was made possible by the Stillbirth Foundation and the Department of
Health and Ageing Canberra, Australia. A major resource for the review is the
recent paper published in The Lancet by Gordon and Fretts. The
final report will soon be publicly available. However for further reading in the
meantime (including source references for the above facts) please see: Gordon CS
Smith and Ruth C Fretts. Stillbirth. The Lancet 2007 – Volume 370, Issue 9289,
17 November 2007
, Pages 1715-1725. Please contact the secretariat for further information:
Some People Just Get It
On the passing of my dear friend, Pastor Paul, I wanted to share a special
As we did every year for the past eight years, we put flowers on our church
alter in memory of our son Matthew. We remember him every day, but it’s nice to
know that everyone in church will think of Matthew too, if just for a brief
moment. After our Sunday service, Pastor Paul approached me and said how sorry
he was to learn about the loss of our son Matthew. As a fairly new Pastor to our
church, he was just getting to know members and had no idea we had a child who
died. He expressed his deep sadness and said that when he saw Matthew’s name in
our church bulletin, he asked our secretary what had happened. I was so touched
that he would take the time to find out about Matthew.
A few days later, on Matthew’s April 30th birthday, I received the most
incredible message from Pastor Paul – words I will never forget. “Monica, hi
this is Pastor Paul. I know this is a very difficult time for you and your
family and I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts. If you would like
to talk “…there was a long pause and he continued “or if you would just like to
vent, please know that I’m hear to listen”. I played the message over and over
again. Pastor Paul GOT IT! Venting was exactly what I wanted to do. It had been
eight years and yes, I still wanted to vent. What a revelation this was! Not
only was it okay for me to vent, but I had found someone who wanted to listen.
I never did call him back. I didn’t need to. Just knowing that he understood
meant the world to me. I will be forever grateful to Pastor Paul.
I sincerely hope you all find some peace this Mother’s Day. But if what you need
to do is VENT – please know that’s okay too.
International Stillbirth Alliance
I am sending the text of a song written by a CiaoLapo member for your
The song is in memory of Sara, daughter of Diego and Michela, who died of a
severe malformation of CNS. Diego is the singer and musician who wrote the song,
originally in Spanish language. We really love it and we would like to share it
with all the people of the mailing list.
Here you will find the original text in Spanish and an English translation.
by Diego Deza
(English translation by A.Vannacci and M.C.Forrest)
pasa la noche y tu
vuelas en otra nube
y en otro cielo azul
miras la ultima vez
"hola soy yo, nos preocupeis
mama y papa...soy Meteora"
duerme, mi niña duerme
Tan solo duerme
y ahora duerme...
luce in terra il tuo passar"
I am Meteor
The night passes, and you
fly onto another cloud,
and into another blue sky
you look at me for the last time
"hallo, it's me, don't worry
mum and dad, I am Meteor."
Sleep, baby mine, sleep,
...and now sleep....
"it was light on earth, your passage"
The song can be heard on our websites, both on the Italian (
and the international one ( www.ciaolapo.eu
and the mp3 can be downloaded from this link
download Soy Meteora. For contacts and
The website of the
author, Diego Deza, is
that his style is quite different from this lullaby ballad, he usually plays
some kind of latin/progressive blues-rock).
The song is copyrighted and we are authorized by Diego to use it and share it,
as long as we acknowledge the author).
Thank you for all,
In other news…
The Parent Advisory Committee new project
The Parent Advisory Committee has been working
on a new project. We have three committees working to create a list of rather
generic questions that parents can use with their medical care providers. Those
three areas are:
1. When pregnant - things to watch for to help have a healthy outcome
2. Shortly after your baby dies - autopsy results and reviewing what happened
3. Subsequent pregnancy - trying again and when parents are pregnant again
October is Pregnancy and Infant
Loss Awareness Month
We are offering and encouraging our brothers and sisters throughout the world to
join us in making each October -- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
For over 20 years, the US has been using this entire month to build support,
education, and awareness to aid families who have had a baby die due to
miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death and their care providers. For
much longer, the SIDS community has also used this month for those whose babies
died of SIDS. Other countries have joined us to make this a unified venture.
Please consider joining us by doing something special in your community during
the month as we all link up in our efforts to improve the world
one family at a
Some possible ideas are:
A Walk to Remember, a Memorial Service, an educational/training event, writing
press releases for the paper with families' stories, a walk/run fundraiser, a
special dinner or dance, and more.
One special event created specifically for the entire world is the October 15
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Candle Lighting (
Light candles from 7-8 p.m.
in your time zone to honor these special babies, and
we will have a 24 hour remembrance that sheds light and hope as it travels
around the world.
Tell us what you do and we'll put it on our website. If you need help with ideas
or press releases or even training tips, keep checking our website under October
SIDS 10th International Conference, 23 - 26 June 2008
Final programme now available on web site
The programme includes:
Focussing on vulnerable babies
Interplay between pathology
and clinical assessment
Interagency working around the
Factors influencing the uptake
of 'Reduce the Risk' advice
Bereavement care - Responses
Infant care and environmental
Bereavement care of parents,
children and staff
These are subject to change before the final printed programme.
Visit the web site to register online
Forward this email to your colleagues
Latest information on programme, speakers, social events, registration on line
Hosted by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths on behalf of SIDS
International Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Deaths (ISPID).
ISA : WHO WE ARE
Antoinette M. Ayers, past President;
Deb Boyd, Treasurer;
Liz Davis, Parent Advisory Committee Co-Chair;
MMed Sc (Clin Epid), Board Chair;
Ruth Fretts, MD, MPH, Scientific Advisory Committee Chair;
Parent Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Recruitment Information and Communications
Board Vice-Chair; Jack Moodley; Leanne
Monica Ryczek, past Treasurer.
Parent Advisory Committee
Liz Davis and
Claudia and Alfredo Ravaldi
Scientific Advisory Committee
Ruth C Fretts, M.D., MPH.
Susan Crawford, M.D.;
Adrian Charles, M.D.;
Wes Duke, M.D., MPH;
Dr Jan Jaap H.M. Erwich, M.D., PhD;
MMed Sc (Clin Epid);
Frederik Frøen, M.D., PhD;
Jason Gardosi, M.D. FRCOG FRCSED;
Hutti, DNS, WHNP-C;
Dr A H Jokhio;
Luigi Matturri, MD, PhD;
Richard Pauli MD, PhD;
Recruitment, Information and Communication Committee
Sherokee Ilse and Marian Sokol
Members: Vicki Flenady; Frederik Froen; Keena Harding; Susannah
Hopkins Leisher; Amanda Marsted, Stephanie Fukui
2008 Conference Committee
Join a Committee!
committees always need new members. If you would like to be involved, please
visit our website or email
ISA Members and Associate Members
From Australia and New Zealand:
National SIDS Council of
Australia Ltd. (SIDS and Kids)
Perinatal Society of
Royal Australian and
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
SANDS Australia National
From the U.K.:
of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
SANDS (Stillbirth and
Neonatal Death Society)
From the U.S.:
From the Netherlands:
Associate Member from China:
Associate Member from U.S.
like to acknowledge the contribution of the following people in preparation of
this newsletter: Moni Ryczek,
Elizabeth Flenady, Töve Andersson,
Gordon Smith, Ruth Fretts and Liam Flenady.
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could we make it more useful to you?
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