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This contains extracts from the foreword in the book, written by Heather Jeffery - Professor International Maternal and Child Health, University of Sydney & Clinical Academic Neonatologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Still at Birth is an evocative, heartbreaking experience of the loss of a mother’s and father’s first baby, Isabelle Rose, at the end of pregnancy. The story is gripping, humbling and tragic.

There are lessons here for all of us, parents and providers alike.

* How can stillbirth (foetal death) be prevented?

* How big is the problem of death before birth?

* What are the causes?

* Is it a priority within the Australian health system, health providers and researchers?

Change is needed now. Together, parents and providers must obtain political, health and financial recognition of this great need: the prevention of death before birth – stillbirth. Then we can prevent the tragedy of Isabelle Rose, her parents and family, and the many other still babies at birth who would otherwise have lived full and normal lives as children and adults.


Caroline Sugden is typical of the young women of today,
successfully combining career, marriage and motherhood.
She is passionate about community issues and is a volunteer
support person for other bereaved parents. Caroline is
passionate about helping to reduce the number of stillbirths
which is currently one of the most common negative outcomes
of pregnancy but is among the least well-studied.
In 2008, there were 2154 stillbirths, defined as foetal deaths
at 20 weeks or more gestation, in Australia
-- 582 of them in Victoria. Why?
Contact Caroline at book@stillatbirth.com
if you'd like to order a book. $10 inc postage.