Paediatric nurse practitioner Lindsey Wimmer was left heartbroken after giving birth to a stillborn baby in 2004. As she began to research what went wrong, she learned that 24,000 babies are stillborn each year in the U.S., and that no federal funding had been dedicated to stillbirth prevention. Dissatisfied with the status quo, she became a catalyst for change by launching the Star Legacy Foundation – the first-of-its-kind organization within the U.S. to help prevent stillbirth and offer bereavement care. The Star Legacy Foundation is further differentiated by its collaborative efforts and partnerships spanning the medical community. While like-minded organizations focus on either research, health professionals or pregnant women, the Star Legacy Foundation fuses together all three to encourage honest conversations, empower women and provide support. In 15 years of operation, the organization has hosted 4 stillbirth summits, launched a unique study called the Pregnancy Research Project and supported tens of thousands of women and families who have experienced a stillbirth. Lindsey’s powerful work is proving that women can not only handle the realities of life and death – but they can also do incredible things when allowed to be a part of the conversation.
Being a L’Oréal Woman of Worth provides an opportunity to bring stillbirth out of the shadows. The stigma surrounding these deaths limit investment in prevention and bereavement care. I hope my story empowers other moms to share their babies with the world and know that we can make a difference in their honor.