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Program & Speakers

Please note that there may be changes to the schedule until the committee finalizes the program in August.

General Schedule:

September 14th, 2022 - 6:00-9:00 pm

  • Welcoming Event – Free to attend, please still register for the event.

September 15th, 2022

  • Check-in/Registration 7:45-8:30
  • Plenary Sessions 08:30 – 12:00 – Break from 10:20-10:40
    • Dr. Bob Silver, Melannie Green, Stacey Fletcher, & Jaymie Maines - Opening Ceremony
    • Hannah Blencowe - Closing the Gap – Inequities for Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths Globally
    • Aaron Caughey - Risk-Reducing Induction of Labor: Will This Strategy Reduce Stillbirth?
    • Uma Reddy - Genomics: Unraveling the causes of stillbirth
    • Stacey Fletcher - Exploring PTSD in Parents Following a Pregnancy/Infant Loss
  • Lunch 12:00-13:00
    • General Assembly during this time – For ISA Members Only
  • Breakout Sessions 13:00-16:00
    • Breakout #1 – Advocacy & Collaboration
      • Debbie Haine, Emily Price, & Samantha Banerjee – Legislation/Advocacy Panel - American Advocacy: Using our Babies' Voices to Drive Needed Change
      • Lindsey Wimmer - Centralized bereavement resources for grieving families: A public health approach
      • Kate Obst, Mandy Potter, Mark Maines, Keisha Namba, & 2 Ashley & Chad Ramsey – Non-Birthing Parent Panel
    • Breakout #2 – Global Stillbirth
      • Sue Steen & Iwantale Treasure – Storytelling: A method of Stillbirth Education for Ugandan Parents and Midwives
      • Caroline Homer (Virtual) - Midwives Making a Difference to Stillbirth – Prevention, Support and Care
      • Olga Joos (Virtual) - Approaches to Strengthening Stillbirth Registration in Low and Middle Income Countries
      • Linda Vanotoo (Virtual) - Promoting Maternal and Infant Survival Excellence (PROMISE) Through the Media
    • Breakout #3 – Clinical Approach
      • Naomi Riches - The Stillbirth Experience: Interviews with Parents of Stillbirth
      • Jane Warland - Parents Experiences Of Labouring When They Knew Their Baby Would Be Stillborn : Findings From The Birthing In Grief Study.
      • Karen Gibbins – Interpregnancy Interval After Stillbirth
      • Michelle La Fontaine & Megan Fockler - Capturing the Voices of Bereaved Parents: The Creation of Videos To Educate Healthcare Professionals on Skilled and Compassionate Bereavement Care
    • Breakout #4 – Data Collection/Epidemiology
      • Carla DeSisto - Risk for Stillbirth Among Women With and Without COVID-19 at Delivery Hospitalization — United States, March 2020–September 2021
      • Elizabeth Gregory – Fetal Deaths in the United States
      • Aliki Christou - Challenges with introducing community-based stillbirth identification and measurement in humanitarian and conflict settings: lessons from setting up a feasibility study in Afghanistan
      • Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist – Messaging matters: A closer look at how we're talking about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy
  • Workshop 16:10-17:10
    • Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group (SAWG) - Open to all who wish to attend
  • Gala Dinner 6:00-9:00 pm – additional fee to attend, please register for.


September 16th, 2022

  • Check-in/Arrival 7:45
  • Plenary Sessions 08:00 – 10:00
    • Vicki Flenady - National Action to Address Stillbirth: The Australian Case Study
    • Torri Metz - COVID-19: Implications for Miscarriage and Stillbirth
    • Rakhi Dandona - Availability, Adequacy and Quality of Data on Stillbirths: Priorities for Action
  • Break from 10:00-10:30
    • Judges to review Posters
  • Breakout Sessions 10:30 – 12:00
    • Breakout #1 – Increasing Awareness
      • Zan Leisher, Rakhi Dandone, Claire Storey (V), Linda Vanotoo (V), Stacey Fletcher, Hannah Blencowe, & Vicki Flenady - ISA’s Global Initiatives in Bereavement Care and Advocacy
    • Breakout #2 – Perinatal Autopsy
      • Jess Comstock – Autopsy Consent: Alternatives,  Restrictions, Teaching, and Research – A discussion group for families
      • Jess Comstock –  From the Pathologist to the Clinician: What to Expect from a Perinatal Autopsy
    • Breakout #3 – Disparities
      • Michelle Debbink – Hearing Mothers: Using Epidemiologic and Qualitative Data Together to Understand Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Stillbirth and Pregnancy Loss in Utah
      • Joanna Burt - Indigenous Outreach: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support for Indigenous Families across Ontario  
    • Breakout #4 – Genetics
      • Teresa Sparks - The Genetics of Non-Immune Hydrops: More Than Meets the Eye
      • Tsega Workalemahu - Lessons Learned from Investigating Genetics of Stillbirth in Families
  • Lunch 12:00-13:30
    • Bereavement Working Group (BeWG)  – For all who wish to attend
  • Plenary Sessions 13:00 – 16:00
    • Beth McClure - Stillbirth in Low-Resource Countries
    • Robert Goldenberg - Stillbirth Studies from the PURPOSe Project
    • Karen Gibbins, Alexander Heazell, Megan Kozak Williams, & Melannie Green – How to Speak with Families: Panel
    • Karen Gibbins, Alexander Heazell, Margaret Murphy, Joann O'Leary, & Jaymie Maines – The Pregnancy After Stillbirth: Panel
  • Memorial Event – 5:30-6:00 pm
    • Free for all to attend, please still register for it. Buses will be provided to park.



September 17th, 2022

  • Check-in/Arrival 7:45
  • Workshop 08:00-09:00
    • Prevention Working Group (PWG) - Open to all who wish to attend
  • Breakout Sessions 09:00-12:25 – break from 10:30-10:50
    • Breakout #1 – Roe v. Wade
      • Brittany Feinauer – Anticipatory Grief: A Parent Perspective on Medically Advised Termination 
      • David Turok - Respecting the Full Range of Reproductive Health Options Post-Roe in Conservative States
      • David Turok, Jill Lens, Katy Mayall, & Brittany Feinauer - Roe v. Wade & the Pregnancy Loss Community: Panel                                                
    • Breakout #2 – Evaluations
      • Jess Page - Stillbirth Evaluation in the U.S.
      • Yebeen Ysabbelle Boo - A Systematic Review of Facility-based Stillbirth Review Processes Used in Different Countries Across the World.
    • Breakout #3 – Early Pregnancy Loss
      • Ware Branch - Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss: A Frustrating Problem with Few Practical Answers
      • Stacey Fletcher & Melannie Green – Miscarriage--Why Medical Personnel Should Validate Life and Loss
    • Breakout #4 – Abstracts
      • Renato Souza - Investigation of Causes of Stillbirths in Brazil: A Multicentre Cross-Sectional Study in 10 Referral Obstetric Maternities
      • Francine de Montigny & Monique Seguin - Women's Health Services Needs when Presenting to the Emergency Department for a Miscarriage : A Canadian qualitative study
    • Breakout #5 – Bereavement
      • Bethany Atkins - Respectful care around stillbirth: qualitative thematic analysis of an international survey of parents
      • Kate Obst – Supporting Men in their Grief after Pregnancy Loss and Neonatal Death: Recommendations for Hospitals, Community Support Services and Workplaces from a Mixed Methods Program of Research
    • Breakout #6 – Ultrasound
      • Kami Smith - The Ultrasound: An Image of Diagnosis and Loss
      • Nathan Blue & Kimberly Moyle - Promises and Pitfalls of Ultrasound for Stillbirth Prevention
    • Breakout #7 – Healthcare Policy
      • Terrell Hatzilias – Kegan’s Legacy: Changing Medical Guidelines and Enabling Certificates of Birth Through Love and Activism
      • Nadine Belzile - How Canadians are coming together to bring about national public policy change to prevent stillbirths
    • Breakout #8 – Movement
      • Alexander Heazell - Effects of Information About Fetal Movements on Stillbirth Rates in Iowa: Analysis of Time series data
      • Billie Bradford - Management of Decreased Fetal Movement: Update of a clinical practice guideline for Australia and New Zealand
    • Breakout #9 – Neonatal
      • Ryann Bierer (Virtual) - Perinatal Palliative Care
      • Neelam Aggarwal (Virtual) - Burden of Stillbirths & 'Day 0' neonatal deaths & their risk factors in selected districts of Haryana-a multicentric study
  • Break 12:25-12:40
  • Plenary Sessions 12:40-13:30
    • Bob Silver – Poster Announcements
    • Zan Leisher & Paula Quigley – Closing Comments
    • Marta Cohen – 2023 Conference Announcement
  • Lunch 13:30-14:30 – End of Conference

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