Improvements in maternity care since the 1940’s have resulted in a dramatic reduction in the occurrence of stillbirth in the United States, but those declines have recently levelled off. According to the Centers for Disease Control, stillbirths affect over 24,000 women and families each year, but it’s still something rarely discussed.
Today, we talk with maternity staff, midwives and therapists who help families through the experience.
- Shannon Outchcunis, the founder of Cape Cod Baby and offers supports to families through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. She also offers bereavement supports
- Erin Hourahan, a therapist who works with individuals struggling with bereavement and major mental illness in private practice in Kingston
- Suzan Scharr, a maternity nurse at Falmouth Hospital
- Rachel Boswell, a maternity nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth
Another resource is Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center.