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Don’t let them say I wasn’t born,

that something stopped my heart,

I felt each tender squeeze you gave,

I loved you from the start.


Although I’ve never breathed your air,

or gazed into your eyes,

That doesn’t mean I never “was”;

an angel never dies.

The decision of when to stop resuscitation of newborns who fail to show signs of life at birth is a major dilemma for health professionals and parents.


There is no clear information as to the maximum duration of resuscitation that should be recommended. A newborn that does not start breathing after 20 minutes of adequate ventilation has probably suffered severe asphyxia. It will probably require intensive care if it survives. If such care is available, the ventilation could continue for 30 minutes while admission to the intensive care unit is being arranged. If such care is not available (i.e. in most circumstances) ventilation can be discontinued if there is no response (no spontaneous breathing) after 20 minutes of ventilation. A period as short as 10 minutes has been proposed by some practitioners, but there is no evidence to support such a recommendation.

Stillbirth mothers are not yet acknowledged as mothers by most states, but we're working to change that.


Birth is a process that all mothers endure; live or "still" is the outcome of that process. If we recognize a live birth, why would the state not recognize a stillbirth? Is it to punish the mother whose baby is born dead? Is she not somehow worthy? Did she fail somehow? That's what she thinks. If we give a the mother of a live birth a "Certificate of Live Birth" why would we not give the mother of a stillborn baby a Certificate of Still Birth? Or a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth. That's the reality of the event!


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Taken on August 16, 2006