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A huge thank you to all of the incredible experts and advocates who joined us to help in our mission to end preventable stillbirth on May 21, 2022 at the 2nd Annual PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy Stillbirth Prevention Symposium!
With your help, we were able to reach medical providers, maternal/infant health advocates, loss families, expectant families, policymakers, and media lifesaving information to ensure that more parents and babies make it #homesafetogether.
Weren't able to join us live? We've got you covered. ;-)
Please find below the full recording of the event (English & Spanish subtitles coming soon!) plus links to supplemental reading and resources recommended by each of our amazing speakers and our interactive baby memorial.
Note: If you get an error that the video can't play on your mobile device, please click to view on YouTube instead (should work on any device): https://youtu.be/OBHtgB6MLms
SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS & REFERENCES
Thank you to our speakers and panelists for so generously donating your time and expertise to help share knowledge and raise awareness of stillbirth and the proven strategies for preventing this and other devastating pregnancy outcomes.
Below are slides, references, and other resources recommended by our panel of experts from the PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy 202 Stillbirth Prevention Symposium, listed in order of appearance at the event.
Samantha Banerjee, PUSH Executive Director - "A Call to Action: Enough is Enough"
Dr. Neel Shah, Harvard OBGYN Professor & CMO of Maven Clinic - "Keynote: Gaps in US Healthcare Are Letting Healthy Babies & Mothers Die"
Dr. Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist, Emory University Professor of Epidemiology - "No More Excuses: Stillbirth *is* Preventable"
Dr. Andrea Vidali, Reproductive Endocrinologist/Immunologist, Endometriosis Surgeon - "Why is Preventable Stillbirth Still Happening in 2022?"
Dr. Harvey Kliman, Yale University MD PhD Placental Research Scientist - "EPV: Saving a Life is as Easy as 1, 2, 3"
Dr. Ilan Timor-Tritsch, NYU Langone Professor of OBGYN - "Using Ultrasound to Identify the Vulnerable Umbilical Cord"
Dr. Linda Burke, OBGYN & Author of The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy - "From Scary Moment to Happy Ending: The Critical Importance of Advocating"
Dr. Joanne Stone, President of SMFM & Chair of Mount Sinai OBGYN - "How the Mount Sinai Rainbow Clinic is Revolutionizing Prenatal Care"
Dr. Kristin Myers, Columbia University Professor of Mechanical Engineering - "No Joke: We Still Don't Know Why Labor Happens"
Skye Wheeler, Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher & Chair of March of Dimes Environmental Justice Working Group - "Some Like It Hot, But Not Fetuses: Environmental Impacts on Pregnancy Outcomes"
Dr. Jessica Cohen, Economist & Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Professor of Global Health - "Pregnancy on the Cusp: Why is 35 the Magic Number?"
Survivors Panel Discussion "What I Wish I'd Known: Lessons from Stillbirth Survivors"
Providers Panel Discussion "Empowered Pregnancy Chat: Advocating for Yourself & What to Look For in a Provider"
Maya Vander, Star of Netflix Hit Selling Sunset & Mom to Mason (born still Dec 2021) - "Keynote: A Mother's Perspective"
Samantha Durante Banerjee
Executive Director of PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy
Symposium Highlights: Introduction ("A Call to Action: Enough is Enough")
Featured Media: Stillbirth Continues to Happen. The Silence Around It Needs to End. (The Washington Post)
Recommended Resources for Perinatal Bereavement & Pregnancy After Loss: https://www.pushpregnancy.org/resources
Neel Shah, MD, MPP Maternal Health Advocate, Harvard Professor of OBGYN & Chief Medical Officer of Maven Clinic @neel_shah
Symposium Highlights: Keynote ("Gaps in US Healthcare Are Letting Healthy Babies & Mothers Die")
Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist, PhD, MPH Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health @lclindquist
Symposium Highlights: Session ("No More Excuses: Stillbirth *is* Preventable")
Slide Deck (PDF)
Dr. Andrea Vidali, MD World Renowned Endometriosis Specialist, Surgeon, Miscarriage Specialist and Reproductive Immunologist, Founder of Pregmune @endometriosis_surgeon
Symposium Highlights: Session ("Why is Preventable Stillbirth Still Happening in 2022?")
Harvey Kliman, MD PhD
Research Scientist & Director of Yale’s Reproductive and Placental Research Unit
Symposium Highlights: Session ("Estimated Placental Volume (EPV): Saving a Life is as Easy as 1, 2, 3")
Instructions to have your baby's placenta reviewed by Dr. Kliman
Ilan Timor-Tritsch, MD MFM & Professor of OBGYN, NYU Langone School of Medicine Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected
Symposium Highlights: Session ("Using Ultrasound to Identify the Vulnerable Umbilical Cord")
Symposium Highlights: Session ("From Scary Moment to Happy Ending: The Critical Importance of Advocating")
Resources for Empowered Pregnancy: The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy (Book)
Joanne Stone, MD MS Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Founder of the Mount Sinai - Rainbow Clinic, President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
Symposium Highlights: Session ("How the Mount Sinai Rainbow Clinic is Revolutionizing Prenatal Care")
Provider Training for Pregnancy After Loss: https://pushpregnancy.thinkific.com
Dr. Kristin Myers Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University
Symposium Highlights: Session ("No Joke: We Still Don't Know Why Labor Happens")
Featured Media: Netflix & Vox Sex, Explained (Episode: "Childbirth")
Resources for Improving Maternal Health Outcomes: The Iris Fund
Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher & Chair of March of Dimes Mom & Baby Action Network Environmental Justice Working Group
Symposium Highlights: Session ("Some Like It Hot, But Not Fetuses: Environmental Impacts on Pregnancy Outcomes")
Slide Deck (PDF)
Jessica Cohen, PhD Behavioral Economist, Professor of Global Health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Symposium Highlights: Session ("Pregnancy on the Cusp: Why is 35 the Magic Number?")
Featured Media: Pregnancy over 35: Study finds better prenatal care outcomes (USA Today), Does Extra Prenatal Care over 35 Matter? (Emily Oster's ParentData Blog)
Survivor Panel Discussion: "What I Wish I'd Known - Lessons from Stillbirth Survivors"
Marjorie Vail, PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy Co-Director of Awareness (Moderator)
Khaliah Fleming, National CMV Foundation
Kay Matthews, Shades of Blue Project
Erica Bailey, Count the Kicks
Ann O'Neill, Measure the Placenta
Alexcia Harrod, Melinated Moms
Caileigh Hynes, Every Mama's Heart
Donna Russell, Group B Strep International
Recommended Empowered Pregnancy Resources:
Find Your Roar Advocacy Training (use code PUSH4Preg2022 to access free!)
Provider Panel Discussion: "Empowered Pregnancy Chat: Advocating for Yourself & What to Look For in a Provider"
Samantha Banerjee, PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy Executive Director (Moderator)
Dr. Sarah Pachtman Shetty, MFM, OBGYN, @healthymamadoc
Dr. Tracy Shevell, MFM, OBGYN, @bluemoonperinatal
Dr. Steve Rad, MFM, OBGYN, @drsteverad
Dr. Heather Florescue, 1st OBGYN in the US to Implement International Stillbirth Prevention Protocols at her private practice
Recommended Empowered Pregnancy Resources:
Community Panel Discussion "#UnitedWePush: How the US is Failing Families Across the Maternal/Infant Health Spectrum"
Allie Felker, PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy Legislative Co-Lead (Moderator)
Omari Maynard, The ARIAH Foundation
Lj Johnson - Lj's Powerhouse Endo Warrior Academy
Jill Wieber Lens - Professor of Law at University of Arkansas
Laneceya Russ - March for Moms
Emily Little - Nurturely
Maya Vander Star of Netflix Hit 'Selling Sunset' & Mom to Mason (born still Dec 2021) @themayavander
Symposium Highlights: Keynote ("A Mother's Perspective")
Featured Media: 'Selling Sunset’s Maya Vander Shares Big News With 'WH' About Her Life, Children, And Career After Season 5 (Women's Health), 'Selling Sunset' Star Maya Vander Opens Up About Having a Stillbirth: 'Worst Moment of My Life' (Parents), Selling Sunset’s Maya Vander Opens Up About Losing Her Baby (Elle)
Before we close out, let's take a moment to acknowledge the reason we push for change: our children who have died. In honor of all babies gone too soon, it's time to end preventable stillbirth.
What's next? Take action to push for change!
March with us in DC this October 15th - The Big PUSH to End Preventable Stillbirth (www.thebigpushmarch.org)
Ask your Senators & Congressperson to co-sponsor stillbirth legislation - www.stillbirthstories.com
Share lifesaving stillbirth prevention tips (always free!) with an expectant parent you know - www.pushpregnancy.org/tips
Ask ACOG to make stillbirth prevention a priority and measure the placenta - www.measuretheplacenta.org/acog-campaign
Find a PUSH-approved Pregnancy After Loss (PAL) provider near you or get trained to become one! - www.pushpregnancy.org/rainbow-clinic
Donate to support PUSH's mission - www.pushpregnancy.org/donate
Follow/Like/Comment/Save/Share on social media to help us reach as many people as possible with empowering pregnancy information - @pushpregnancy on all platforms: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | TikTok
Questions about any of the above? Don't hesitate to reach out.
Fired up for change? Join us! We need your help to end preventable stillbirth.
#UnitedWePush For Families. For Babies. For Change.