Stillbirth Stigma

Stillbirth Stigma - student project

Connor died and was born in August 2011. The reason for his stillbirth is uncertain, and any different course of action I couldv'e taken to prevent it is still unknown.

In the United States, 1 in 115 mothers will deliver a still born baby. 60% of those women will never know why their baby died. Undiagnosed stillbirths occur more often in the United States than in any other developed country. There is an undiscussed stigma around stillborn babies and their mourning parents. People don't want to ask a woman if she has kids and have her answer, "Yes, but he was stillborn." It makes the air thick and suffocating. After a quick, "I'm so sorry." the subject immediately changes.

I want to bring stillbirth into the spotlight - not in a medical magazine or a parenting magazine, but in a typical woman's and./or men's magazine.