The Stillbirth Foundation Australia was established in 2005 to raise funds to reduce the incidence and impact of stillbirth through research, education and advocacy.
Funding researchers to generate new knowledge about stillbirth causes and prevention 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 and support bereaved families.
Extending the reach and impact of the stillbirth community by advocating on behalf of bereaved families.
“I promised her, as I held her in my arms for that last time, that I would make a difference… that I would prevent others from living with this tragedy.” Emma McLeod OAM
The Stillbirth Foundation Australia was founded in 2005 by Emma McLeod OAM, whose daughter, Olivia Kate, died suddenly in utero at 36 weeks in July 2002. There was seemingly no reason and not uncommonly, Olivia’s death went uninvestigated. The lack of information and Emma’s own grief-stricken questioning led her to establish the first organisation dedicated to stillbirth and baby loss in Australia.
We have allocated more than $1.2 million to fund the most rigorously designed studies aimed at finding a means of preventing stillbirth and supporting the families of stillborn babies.
The Foundation is a 100% community-funded, independent, national charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
In addition to funding stillbirth research, the Foundation raises awareness about stillbirth, including medical and societal risk factors, and potential ways that stillbirth might be prevented.
We are recognised nationally as a leading voice on stillbirth and represent the voices of thousands of Australian families who have been touched by stillbirth.
Our mission is to significantly reduce the incidence of stillbirth through research, education and advocacy.