If you have not yet read it, I encourage everyone to read the recent article in the New York Times titled, “Breaking the Silence of Stillbirth”. This article is very well-written and puts into words many of the same emotions I tried to express in my last blog. The author, Sarah Muthler, also includes a statement that jumped off the page at me:
“Can we find a way to talk about stillbirth – to educate – without being fear mongers?”
When I discuss stillbirth issues with health care providers, they always tell me they avoid mentioning the word ‘stillbirth’ or any of the surrounding topics to their pregnant patients because “it will just scare them”. In my mind, there are so many things wrong with this line of thinking that it just infuriates me.
First, I think it’s insulting that providers…
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