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10/15/2008

Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act

This post is a re-run of a previous article:

Friday, October 3, 2008 Endometriosis Blog: H.R. 5979 Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act

The prior post was to create awareness in advance of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: October 15, 2008.

I'm posting it again today...

H.R. 5979 Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act

Today -- October 15th, 2008 -- is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Endometriosis patients are at an increased risk for miscarriage.

Please see the blog where I first heard about this Remembrance Day:

I Think I Hear Your Mother Calling: Tales From the Empty Homestead

The author of the above blog requested other bloggers take action as follows:

October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in the United States. More than 25,000 children are stillborn in the United States every year leaving mothers, entire families and communities devastated. Estimates of the rate of occurrence of stillbirth make it at least as common as autism.

Stillbirth is not an intractable problem. Greater research would likely significantly reduce it's incidence, but good research requires good data. H.R. 5979: Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act is under consideration by Congress. This proposed bill would standardize stillbirth investigation and diagnosis, thus providing more data for the needed research. Better research means fewer children born still.

On October 15th, remember the thousands of unfinished children lost and the families who remain to grieve them. Honor them by taking action. Let's help pass H.R. 5979.

Action Steps:

Step 1.

Use Your Blog to Enlist Others - Copy the contents of this entire post and publish it on your blog immediately.

GOAL: Enlist 10 of your readers to spread the word

Step 2.

Use Your E-mail to Enlist Others - Email 5 bloggers and ask them (nicely and in an unspammy way) to publish these action steps on their blog. Consider contacting celebrity bloggers, political bloggers, medical bloggers, or bloggers who are not part of your reading community.

GOAL: Enlist 3 bloggers outside of your normal blog sphere to spread the word in other online communities.

Step 3.

Help Pass the Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act - By October 15th, publish a post on your blog supporting H.R. 5979 Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act. For maximum impact, title your post: "Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act."

GOAL: 1,000,000 Google results on October 15th when that term is searched for. Currently, Google only returns 20,400 pages - most of which have nothing to do with the bill.


In reading about this legislation, I came across another link they may interest readers:

First Candle

A thanks goes out to Manda of I Think I Hear Your Mother Calling: Tales From the Empty Homestead. It was her blog that first brought this Remembrance Day to my attention.


Related links:

Friday, October 3, 2008 Endometriosis Blog: H.R. 5979 Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act

This article was posted by Jeanne via "Jeanne's Endo Blog" at www.endendoat.blogspot.com.

2 comments:

Yaya said...

Thank you!

Jeanne said...

Honey,

You don't need to thank me. I'm glad you are feeling better than even a couple of weeks ago. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help in any way.

Jeanne

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