The Stillbirth Foundation Australia is the only Australian charity dedicated to stillbirth research. It was launched by Emma McLeod in October 2005 after Olivia, Emma’s second child and first daughter, died unexpectedly in utero and was born still on 31 July 2002.
At the time, Emma was shocked to discover that so little was invested in researching the possible causes of stillbirth. Emma resigned from her corporate career to establish a charity dedicated to stillbirth with the aim of raising awareness and to help answer why stillbirth continues to happen at a staggering rate of 6 babies per day – a number that has not changed in decades.
Since 2005, the Stillbirth Foundation has allocated over $1million to funding the most rigorously designed studies aimed at finding a means of preventing stillbirth and supporting the families of stillborn babies.
Today, The Stillbirth Foundation Australia is recognised nationally as a leading voice on stillbirth and represents the voices of thousands of Australian families who have been touched by stillbirth.
The Stillbirth Foundation Australia was established as an independent national charity with its own Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status in 2008. The Stillbirth Foundation Australia is an organisational member of FIA. As an FIA Organisational Member, the Stillbirth Foundation Australia is a signatory to the FIA’s Principles and Standards of Fundraising Practice, and therefore uphold the highest ethical and professional standards for fundraising.
The Stillbirth Foundation Australia’s mission is to significantly reduce the incidence of stillbirth through research, education and advocacy.
Our strategic goals for 2014-2016 include:
Supporting researchers to generate new knowledge about stillbirth and encouraging the translation of research into practice
Supporting the community and health professionals to change behaviours that will help to reduce the incidence of stillbirth
Extending the reach and impact of the Stillbirth Foundation Australia by being a leader and advocate in the field of stillbirth.