Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Somber Linkage

Stepping Stones is a Christ centered ministry for couples facing infertility challenges or pregnancy loss. Whether you are seeking practical information and resources to make wise decisions for infertility treatment, strategies to help you cope effectively with primary or secondary infertility, inspiration and strength from God's Word, or someone who understands the loneliness and loss of the infertility experience, Stepping Stones can be your Christian infertility resource.

The American Pregnancy Association provides information about all manners of pregnancy loss. The site includes information on stillbirths (losses after 20 weeks gestation) and on the various types of miscarriage (losses before 20 weeks gestation). The site also explains what to expect during the physical process of loss.

Prematurity is the leading killer of America's newborns. Those who survive often have lifelong problems. The March of Dimes has taken on this devastating problem. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign is a multimillion-dollar research, awareness and education effort that helps families have healthier babies.

M.E.N.D. (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death) is a Christian, non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. M.E.N.D. publishes free bi-monthly newsletters, holds two commemorative ceremonies each year, and hosts a variety of support groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Chapters can also be found in NW Arkansas, Kansas, Nacogdoches, Houston, Texarkana, and Georgia. M.E.N.D. has also compiled an excellent list of Infant Loss Web Sites and other resources.

Pregnancyloss.info is site you where one will find information and a place to come during dark and frightened hours. The site offers information on topics ranging from causes of miscarriage, to prevention, to when to try again for a new pregnancy.

The National Stillbirth Society is fighting to stamp out S.A.D.S. (Sudden Antenatal Death Syndrome). Dr. Jason H. Collins, founder of The Pregnancy Institute, is the preeminent expert in the world on umbilical cord accidents. Based on his research he believes simple cord compressions account for a large portion of stillbirths said to be due to "indeterminable reasons". The National Stillbirth Society supports Dr. Jason Collins' research to determine the causes and prevention of umbilical cord accidents, and has arranged for fundraising through online purchases of widely known retail goods.

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a non-profit coalition of organizations dedicated to understanding the causes and prevention of stillbirth. The mission of ISA is to raise awareness, educate on recommended precautionary practices and facilitate research on the prevention of stillbirth.

The National Sudden Infant Death Resource Center (NSIDRC) is a gateway to critical information on SIDS, miscarriage, stillbirth, and other infant death. This topical database is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and provides many resources, including those regarding infant mortality and bereavement support.

The MISS Foundation is a nonprofit international organization which provides immediate and ongoing support to grieving families, empowerment through community volunteerism opportunities, public policy and legislative education, and programs to reduce infant and toddler death through research and education.

(The information about each of these organizations is pulled directly from each organization's website with links provided for reference. Each organization maintain complete copyright authority for their information, and no site listed herein endorses my blog -- though I really think they should.)


  • Elizabeth

    I know Stepping Stones! Scott and I have been receiving that newsletter for a long time. It has been a comfort to me many times.

    I love that God is using your blog to minister to others who've walked your path. Bless you for being so open.

  • chanel

    Thanks for these links, I must have been meant to find you, I saw your comment on Sue's blog adn for some reason clicked on you. I can relate a lot to your longing for another baby. I have POF, and am told no more for me. "They" told me it was immpossible in Feb. 2005, I concieved a baby March 2005, and nobody can explain how. GOD, thats how. Now I want to know if he gives two miracles to the same girl?

    I was incredibly touched by your Sept. 27, 2007 post. WOW, thank you!

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