How to Use the Directory

Welcome to the Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss Directory. This blog is maintained by volunteers to act like a "telephone book" for blogs dealing with the loss of a baby. It is open to anyone who has ever lost a baby in any way - we do not discriminate by age of your baby or circumstance of your loss. If you think you belong here, then we think you belong here.

When you submit your blog, it is manually added to the list, so it may take some time for it to appear on the list. When you submit your information as requested below, it is easier to spot those emails that have been redirected into the spam mail.

Blogs are listed by category of loss. This is to help you find blogs that deal with circumstances that may be similar to yours. That being said, it can be a moving and healing experience to read the blogs of people who's loss is not similar to yours. You are welcome to read any of the blogs listed here.

Though there could be literally thousands of categories of loss, we have created 4 broad categories: before 20 weeks, after 20 weeks, after birth, and medical termination. Please note that most blogs dealing with extreme prematurity are listed in the "after birth" category even though the gestational age might suggest a different category.

As a warning to those feeling particularly fragile, many of the blogs listed here discuss living children or subsequent pregnancies. In the sidebar links, those blogs are usually marked with an asterisk(*). However, the circumstances of individual bloggers will change, and sometimes the listings do not get updated. It is possible to encounter pictures of living children or pregnant bellies on the blogs listed here.

We also have a list of resources (books), online links, and online publications that you may find useful. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see the full listing of links.

We are so sorry the loss of a beloved child has brought you here. We hope that you will find some solace within the community that has gathered.
Please help us set up this resource for grieving families by:


A. Submitting your blog information
(Email Subject: Please Add My Blog)
  • The link to your blog
  • The title of your blog
  • The topic of your blog (see sidebar - Personal Blogs)
  • If your blog discusses living children or subsequent pregnancy after loss

B. Submitting links to helpful web resources
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C. Submitting titles of helpful reading materials or videos/films
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D. Adding a link to this site from your blog


Thursday, May 17, 2007

MISS Foundation Press Release

Feminists Groups Finally Hear the Cries of Women Experiencing Stillbirth

Guttmacher Institute the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the ACLU...and NARAL Pro-Choice America told they take a neutral position on the stillborn birth-certificate issue.

"We are hopeful that the remaining 31 states will pass with relative ease now that the opposition has changed their positions," said Joanne Cacciatore, CEO of the MISS Foundation and a social scientist who studies the effects of stillbirth on women. "It is important for many, many women from an emotional, psychological, and epidemiological perspective...and this is about advocating for these mothers."

Cacciatore notes that this paradigm shift in attitudes toward stillborn babies comes, in large part, as a result of a cooperative social movement between the MISS Foundation and other grassroots groups that provide support and resources to families experiencing infant and child death. "We are not going away," Cacciatore continues. "We are prepared to take our stand. It is the least we can do for these children and their families."

Stillborn laws entangled in abortion debate
By Christine Vestal, Staff Writer

Every year, some 35,000 women deliver babies who die just before or during birth. A number of parents say their grief over the tragic loss is made worse because most states simply issue death certificates, never recognizing the birth of their stillborn offspring. (continue)

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