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Websites and blogs

1) Tertia Albertyn, who suffered 11 losses (miscarriages and stillbirths) before giving birth to twins after successive IVF treatments, writes a blog of her daily life called So Close. She has also written an autobiographical book of her experiences by the same name.

2) Unexplained Stillbirth Support is an informational website written by a specialist obstetrician and senior lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School in Canberra, Australia.

3) Wikipedia’s ‘Stillbirth’ page takes a very clinical approach, but has a lot of very good information and links.

4) The American National Stillbirth Society has some interesting statistics on stillbirth in the USA, but also has some good links.

5) The Compassionate Friends, an international organisation, have two offices – one in Cape Town, and one in Johannesburg. While their focus is on the death of children (rather than miscarriages, stillbirths or neo-natal deaths) they offer telephonic support and local meetings of support groups to any bereaved parents and family members.

6) International Stillbirth Association is an internationally co-operative group of governmental agencies, charities and other interested parties seeking to understand the causes of stillbirth and neo-natal loss, and find preventions.

7) I spoke with my child is a bereavement website, but they have a fabulous presentation (Powerpoint that is viewed online) on a parent’s conversation with their child in heaven.

8) Hygeia is an international website helping bereaved families. It was started by Dr Michael Berman of Yale (USA).

9) MyMiskraam (See their Website or Facebook) is a Stellenbosch-based organisation which provides an information and support site for parents with empty arms babies lost due to a miscarriage or stillbirth.


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