Parent led activities

A year after his loss Adam Sanford wrote and illustrated a children’s book named after his son. It is about loss, grief, and support. It is very colorful and whimsical, and was published this year. Here is a link to information about the book.
Dying with dignity and love: Read this beautiful tribute by Tamarin Norwood published in the Lancet

ISA former Board chair Zan Leisher published this Op Ed about her experience of her son Wilder’s stillbirth plus a call for recognition, answers, support, collaboration, and action on stillbirth!

“This Father’s Day”, Marquise and Morgan Goodwin share their story of the loss of their three babies.
Ali Xanda has produced a wonderful song called “Heartbeat” about miscarriage/stillbirth for those who have loved and lost their precious babies: listen to it here
Chrissy Teigen breaks a long-standing culture of silence by sharing her loss https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/02/us/chrissy-teigen-pregnancy-complications-support-trnd/index.html
The Bluebird’s Egg: this song and video were produced by Layla Zoe for women who have lost their children through miscarriage, still birth, or other cause. Listen and watch here
Breast milk donation. Read here about these inspiring stories of bereaved mothers who donate their breastmilk
Read this guidance by Dina Smith for the workplace, How to Support a Colleague Who Just Lost a Baby

Adam Sanford is an artist and illustrator. He is a dad who lost a baby boy in March of 2020. Through his grief journey he made a couple of projects based on the son he lost and wants to share them with you as a resource. Samuel Shootingstar is a short, illustrated story about his arrival into heaven. https://www.jumpmasterpress.com/product-page/samuel-shootingstar

Parent Support Organizations

Resources for children and grief include: Children’s Bereavement Center provides free online articles and videos for children to learn coping mechanisms and relate to other children in similar situations. Grieving.com has forums available for children of all ages that are dealing with the death of a loved one. National Alliance for Grieving Children provides children and families with online resources and support groups for children dealing with loss. The Dougy Center based in Portland, OR has a multitude of online activities and resources for children that are grieving.
Benjamin’s Gift has a mission to “Provide financial support to bereaved parents for medical and hospital costs associated with stillbirth”. Please visit their website to learn more!
Heartfelt Guidance for photographers and parents 200326_HF_Camera_Kit_Tips_vFINAL regarding taking photos following a stillbirth or newborn death.
Memorials of Distinction have created a guide to the benefits of gardening when coping with grief. The guide highlights: The benefits of gardening that help to reduce painful emotions, essential steps for starting your garden, and how gardening can reduce feelings of grief. The guide can be accessed here

The Living with Loss program has been co-developed by a team of bereaved parents and health professionals, including GPs, psychologists, social workers, and midwives. This interactive program shares evidence-based strategies and covers a broad range of topics including differences in grief, managing intense feelings, facing difficult situations and conversations, strengthening relationships, and navigating the future. The Stillbirth CRE are leading a research study to determine the effectiveness of this program. We’d like to invite bereaved parents to visit https://stillbirthcre.org.au/about-us/our-work/living-with-loss/ to find out more about the study and register to participate. Your participation and feedback will help us to evaluate the effectiveness of this program and improve grief support options for parents in the future.

The Still Born project was initiated by artist Adinda van’t Klooster to help raise awareness of stillbirth. Learn about the Still Born exhibition at: https://www.stillbornproject.org.uk/

Name your stillborn baby; join the Each Egg A World project.

Star Legacy announces: A new Spanish Speaking Bereaved Parents group will be held on the first Friday of the month along with Bereaved Parents being held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month along with 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. They also have many other resources. Click here for more info.
Listen to this podcast: the first of a new series by Ashleigh Smith The Glimmer Podcast: Should we all see a psychologist after pregnancy loss? on Apple Podcasts. And this one: Ashleigh Smith interviews Claire Storey, ISA board member The Glimmer Podcast: The International Organization working to reduce baby-loss

Books

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The Secret Club The second edition of the Still Born book has now been published and is available to buy online for £ 25 including postage. It includes a new ten-page article with images of the Each Egg a World Online artwork. You can buy it here: https://www.stillbornproject.org.uk/shop. Also, if you would like to receive the regular mailing list you can add yourself on the affectformations website here: https://www.affectformations.net/mailing-list. Alternatively, send an email to stillbornproject(at)gmail(dotted)com
Check out this book by Natasha Baggaley about the taboo of miscarriage titled ‘Miss Carriage & her elephant’. Available for sale on Amazon here
Stillbirth Stories brings a series of eight animations each touching on a different aspect of baby loss

For Children:

“Why Is Mommy Crying?” A book explaining early pregnancy loss to young children. Here is the link to the Amazon book page and click here to listen to a blog
Check out this delightful resource for children whose parents experience a stillbirth: available on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rainbow-JeNai-Kuhn/dp/1736580507/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=rainbow+book+je’nai+kuhn&qid=1632076071&sr=8-1
A year after his loss Adam Sanford wrote and illustrated a children’s book named after his son. It is about loss, grief, and support. It is very colorful and whimsical, and was published this year. Here is a link to information about the book.
Books for children on baby loss. Here is the website of the author: https://www.jenaikuhn.com

For Parents/Families:

http://www.glowinthewoods.com/ A place for parents with lost babies.

For Fathers:

New understandings of fathers’ experiences of grief and loss following stillbirth and neonatal death: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31493675/

From ISA board member Francine de Montigny at the University of Quebec (also available in French and subtitled in Portuguese): The Father Friendly Initiative team has published a video on men’s experience of their child’s death, When the storm hits. Five fathers share their experience of their child’s death and the tools that have helped them. It also aims to support training for the health and social care milieu, as well as community organizations.
Resources on bereavement support for fathers, from ISA board member Francine de Montigny at the University of Quebec (also available in French and subtitled in Portuguese): The youtube documentary “Helping Men in Distress” illustrates ways to create a bond of trust with men in crisis, and to help them in their distress. this 17 minute video illustrates different emotions and reactions that men can experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROKgjOXh47g