10 episodes

Interviews with researchers, individuals, groups, authors, families and advocates who all share the Star Legacy Foundation's passion for preventing stillbirth and neonatal losses.

Stillbirth Matters Star Legacy Foundation

    • Health & Fitness

Interviews with researchers, individuals, groups, authors, families and advocates who all share the Star Legacy Foundation's passion for preventing stillbirth and neonatal losses.

    The Stigma of Stillbirth

    The Stigma of Stillbirth

    In this episode, Chris Duffy visits with Danielle Pollock, a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia about stillbirth stigma.



    Danielle is a passionate advocate of women’s health and stillbirth awareness. Danielle’s life changed direction dramatically when her daughter, Sofia was stillborn in 2014. Since then, she has been conducting research on stillbirth awareness, prevention, and stigma through her PhD at the University of South Australia. Danielle has an honors degree in Psychology and a graduate certificate in loss, grief and trauma counseling. She is currently completing her PhD, whilst teaching undergraduate students and being a mum to Charlie and Zoe. Danielle hopes that her research will change how we discuss stillbirth and let bereaved parents be able to say their baby’s name loudly and confidently.



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    • 22 min
    Always My Twin

    Always My Twin

    In this episode of the Stillbirth Matters podcast, Chris Duffy visits with Valerie Samuels.







    In April 2002, Valerie gave birth to full term twin daughters Gina and Julia Samuels. Her daughter Gina, born with Trisomy 13 and Holoprosencephaly, lived for 9 days before she died in her mother’s arms, but not in her mother’s heart. Valerie wrote Always My Twin for daughter Julia and other children whose twin died before birth, after birth, or as a young child. “I believe this very special book will provide young surviving twins and their families with opportunities for healing and creating memories of their own to cherish”.



    In 2003 Valerie founded “A Mother’s Heart” Ministry which offers support to parents who have experienced the death of their baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. Valerie lives in North Carolina with her 5 surviving children.

    • 22 min
    The Pregnancy Research Project

    The Pregnancy Research Project

    This month Chris Duffy visits with Lindsey Wimmer,RN, MSN, PHN, CPNP, CPLC the Founder and Executive Director of the Star Legacy Foundation about the launch of the Pregnancy Research Project.



















    Lindsey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and a Master of Science degree in pediatric nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. She is licensed as a registered nurse, certified pediatric nurse practitioner and public health nurse. Previous to her full-time work with the Foundation she taught pediatrics, public health, obstetrics, and leadership in the nursing department at St. Catherine University. Her clinical experience includes over 11 years practice in a primary care clinic setting and 5 years in an emergency care setting. Ms. Wimmer serves on the advisory panel for the Fetal Infant Mortality Review under the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Stillbirth Working Group for the International Stillbirth Alliance and is certified in Perinatal Loss Care (CPLC). Ms. Wimmer and her husband, Trent, are the parents of Garrett, their son who was stillborn at term in 2004, Grant, Bennett, and Austyn.
















    Learn more about the Pregnancy Research Project at www.pregnancyresearchproject.org
    Health professionals and organizations that would like to help let individuals know about the Pregnancy Research Project can request free brochures and posters.  Contact research@starlegacyfoundation.org

    • 27 min
    Keith Powell & Jill Knox Powell

    Keith Powell & Jill Knox Powell

    In this episode Chris Duffy visits with the Keith Powell and Jill Knox Powell during their visit to Minnesota for the Star Legacy Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Dinner on June 19, 2019. Jill and Keith’s son Greyson Knox Powell was stillborn on February 18, 2018 after an uneventful pregnancy. They recently welcomed their rainbow daughter Dolyn in March of 2019. Keith is an American television actor, writer, director, and web series creator, who is known for his role as James “Toofer” Spurlock on 30 Rock, and for creating and starring in the web series Keith Broke His Leg, for which he won several Indie Series Awards in 2016. Jill Knox Powell is a visual artist and markets her creations through The Young Rebels Studio. We are grateful that the Powell’s share our passion for pregnancy & infant loss prevention and plan to work with us on our endeavors going forward.

    • 51 min
    Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy

    Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy

    In this episode of Stillbirth Matters, Chris Duffy visits with Yasuko Yamamura, MD about Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (IHCP). Dr. Yamamura is Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota . She received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in 2001. She went on to complete her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Mayo Clinic as well as a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Yamamura is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has a subspecialty certification in maternal-fetal medicine. She has been recognized for her work by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine as “Top Doctor” 2016-2018, Minnesota Monthly Magazine as “Best Doctors for Women in 2013 and 2014 and Minnesota Monthly Magazine as “Top Doctors” for 2016-2018.

    • 15 min
    The lonely grief journey….

    The lonely grief journey….

    In this episode, Chris Duffy visits with Kathleen Massman, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Clinical Director of Healing Moments Counseling.



    Kathleen was drawn to a special interest and passion for working with perinatal loss families following the loss of her son Jacob, in 2011.



    She has over 20 years of experience working with a wide range of clients including individuals, couples, families and groups. Her bachelor’s degree was obtained from The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in English and Philosophy and her Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling was obtained from Capella University. Kathleen is a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider and she is certified by Postpartum Support International.



    Kathleen enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, and utilizes an eclectic therapy approach tailored to meet the needs of her clients. She utilizes Client-Centered, Compassionate Bereavement Care, EMDR and Holistic Therapy to help clients reach their individual goals. Her belief in the personal power that each individual possesses, guides the therapy process. Her areas of specialty include: perinatal bereavement (pregnancy and infant loss), child loss, traumatic bereavement, depression, postpartum depression, postpartum mood disorders, anxiety, pregnancy after a loss, serious illness/terminal diagnosis and trauma.  Kathleen is a member of Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota, Postpartum Support International, Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Alliance, International Stillbirth Alliance and The MISS Foundation Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider Network. 



    In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys gardening, canning and spending time with her husband and children.



    Phone: 763-732.3351 ext. 700



    Email: kmassmann@healingmomentscounseling.com

    • 22 min

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