Please help bring stillbirth out of the shadows by supporting the development of a National Stillbirth Public Service Announcement (PSA) with a donation today.
Stillbirths cause approximately 25,000 deaths a year in the United States — that is approximately 2,000 babies dying each month (more than deaths resulting from SIDS and congenital anomalies combined). Even with numbers like these, stillbirth remains one of the most understudied and underfunded public health issues today. It is essential that we find ways to educate and empower expectant moms and families through their child-bearing years about the importance of prenatal care, the risks and realities of stillbirth and how to be an advocate for their unborn baby.
The issue of stillbirth:
Approximately 25,000 stillbirths occur every year in the United States. Many of these stillbirths are preventable and occur at a viable gestational age. Unfortunately, more stillbirths occur annually in the U.S. than SIDS and prematurity combined. It is difficult to collect meaningful information about the cause and prevention of stillbirth since the U.S. lacks national stillbirth standards and protocols.
The topic of stillbirth is taboo in our society and we have a tendency to pretend that it doesn’t happen, so we don’t talk about it; this has to change. Thousands of families endure the pain and trauma of stillbirth every year, and until we as a society acknowledge this and talk openly about it, health care professionals, friends, and family will remain unprepared to help their loved ones.
Who we are:
The 2 Degrees Foundation was founded in 2014 by two moms, Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya and Stacey Dinburg, who recognized that most of us are separated from pregnancy loss by only two degrees of separation, whether we know it or not. They themselves were brought together over the most tragic of circumstances, when their daughters, Autumn Joy and Rhyan Ava, were born still. Since then Debbie and Stacey’s friendship has grown and together they hope to do their part in breaking the silence around stillbirth and creating the type of awareness necessary to improve stillbirth outcomes so that other women do not need to suffer the way they have.
Money raised will go to fund multiple ongoing initiatives designed to bring this dire unmet maternal health need out of the shadows of silence, starting with a national Public Service Announcement (PSA). By bringing stillbirth to the forefront of a national dialogue, we hope to spark urgency for state and national authorities to take action in improving stillbirth outcomes in the United States.