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Stillbirth Message Board @ ParentsConnect

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect community features a message board devoted to stillbirth.

It's great that they've decided to devote a message board to this issue, which affects a great number of parents. Unfortunately, the site has incorrectly defined stillbirth as "when tragedy occurs at term."

I've written this letter to ParentsConnect:

Your stillbirth message board provides an incorrect definition of stillbirth ("tragedy at term.") A stillbirth can occur much earlier than that -- as early as 20 weeks.

Implying that stillbirth only occurs at term could be hurtful to parents who have experienced losses earlier in their pregnancies. Even though it is not your intention to do so, they might feel that you are dismissing their losses in some way.

I hope this comment is helpful.

Ann Douglas,
Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss

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| posted by Ann D @ 1:33 PM