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By Celeste Foord, Still Aware

Still Aware is driving change and working tirelessly towards reducing preventable stillbirth. Change prior to the event. Change through education of clinicians and expectant families. Still Aware continue to work with key researchers in the field to gather and report data of care provisions already offered internationally, but which are not offered to Australian patients. Still Aware is the only not-for-profit organisation in Australia dedicated to raising awareness of stillbirth.

Stillbirth Awareness + Education = Action = Prevention

At Still Aware their focus is to bring about much needed awareness to the tragic event of a baby born still.

- Every year more than 2000 babies are born still in Australia.

- Daily 6 babies are born still in Australia…that’s one baby, one family, every 5 hours.

- For every baby that dies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), 35 are stillborn in Australia [1]

Still Aware's mission is to…

- Raise awareness of the very real statistics of stillbirth in Australia

- Do good work to end preventable stillbirth

- See a reduction in preventable stillbirth by 20% by 2025

- Empower pregnant families to connect daily with their baby’s

- Educate clinicians, mothers and families about stillbirth prevention and promote open communication

- Lift the level of stillbirth understanding to that of SIDS

- Encourage and support dialogue around the realities of loss, in order to break the silence and taboo surrounding stillbirth and combat the greater societal and emotional impact of such tragedy

- Bring about change to the way in which we talk about and acknowledge a baby born still

- Share stillbirth research and actively lobby for stillbirth to be listed and remain on the policy agenda at a national level

Still Aware was formed by mother to a baby born still, at 9 months in South Australia. Alfie Foord-Heath was born without breath on February 12, 2014. With no rhyme or reason for the death of this healthy baby girl, her mother and father – under the guidance of the Still Aware Board and Clinical Advisory Board, with your help – seek to change how we talk about stillbirth prior to the tragedy, educating for awareness and raising awareness for prevention.

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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