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The idea of registering the Stillbirth Society of India was conceived by me about a year ago and registered on 11 Feb 2021. It is the first registered society in India and is affiliated with the International Stillbirth Alliance.
I can recount a few experiences which define for me the many facets of the problem of stillbirths in India.

As a senior resident walking into the labor room I heard a ward attendant telling a bereaved father waiting for his stillborn to be handed over to the family saying—look the labor room is very busy, should I worry about the live babies or should I waste time in handing over your dead baby?
I realized the complete lack of empathy and dignity in death.

The second incident I remember is when one of my patients was sent for a confirmatory sonography for an IUFD—the sonologist did not tell her about the fetal death but asked her to rush back to me as the baby is not well. She came rushing back in the hope that the baby was in danger and could be saved.
The complete lack of training in breaking bad news and dealing with grief in healthcare workers hit me then.

Lastly, I remember a lady with previous 2 stillbirths who came to us with her 3rd pregnancy which was again an IUFD. She delivered and after delivery, we encouraged her relatives to allow her to hold the baby—the usual practice in India is that the mother is not informed about the stillbirth nor encouraged to hold the baby. The reaction of the mother was priceless—ma’am even after delivering two babies I never felt like a mother. Though I will not be taking my baby home, but I felt like a mother today.
I realized the absolute lack of training of healthcare workers bereavement care.

The Lancet series of articles highlighting the enormity of the problem helped me focus on doing something concrete. Two other JNMC alumnae —Dr Asna Ashraf and Dr Ayesha Ahmad who shared my passion helped prepare the documents crystalising our vision, mission, and objectives statements. Prof Shipra Kunwar, Dr Deepika Sinha, Dr Nafis Fatima, and Dr Bushra Fatima were also enthusiastic about this initiative and were among the 7 founding members of the society. Dr Asna Ashraf got the Society registered and affiliated to the International Stillbirth Alliance. Prof Neelam Agarwal from PGI, Chandigarh, already working with International Stillbirth Alliance on the Parents Voice Initiative, agreed to take over the leadership and guidance role as the first President of the society. Dr Nuzhat Aziz from Fernandez Hospital, working passionately for improving intrapartum quality of care for prevention of stillbirths, very kindly agreed to be our Vice President. The society shall ever be grateful to them for this. I would also like to thank our patrons Dr Pratima Mittal and Dr Evita Fernandez, international and national experts, committee chairs, and secretaries for agreeing to contribute with their expertise, experience, and passion in this humble but noble endeavour.

Dr. Tamkin Khan
Founder Secretary

Founder Members

Dr. Tamkin Khan
Dr Asna Ashraf Stillbirth society
Dr. Asna Ashraf
Dr Ayesha Ahmad stillbirth society
Dr. Ayesha Ahmad
Dr. Shipra Kunwar
Dr. Deepika Sinha
Dr. Nafees Fatima
Dr Bushra Fatima Stillbirth society
Dr. Bushra Fatima

President's Message

Stillbirth is one of the most devastating life events with substantial physical, psycho social impacts on women, families & society. It’s a huge public health concern. In 2019, globally an estimated 1.9 million babies were stillborn and India topped the wrong charts with maximum number of still births. The irony is that stillbirths have been absent from most of the programs so far. They are invisible due to social taboos, stigma, isolation etc. There are no formal organizations in our country for raising voices of these bereaved parents & families.It’s my immense pleasure to introduce Stillbirth Society of India as the first formal organization dedicated to stillbirths in India. This is a long awaited and much needed step to draw attention on this important public health problem. Every unborn baby has the right to receive best care.All bereaved parents must have the highest quality respectful bereavement care. I am very hopeful that through the medium of this organization we will bring people together who share the common objective of raising awareness about stillbirth and reducing the preventable stillbirths and improving the care provision to the parents following stillbirths. Stillbirth Society of India will continue to work in this area to make a dent in this unexplored area. “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” —Bob Parsons

Vice President's Message

The topic of stillbirth has not received the importance it deserves. The stillbirth society of India has been set up with the aim of facilitating an effort to minimize these preventable stillbirths. Stillbirth rates vary across the world from 4 to 40 per thousand births. The disparity reflects a possibility of reducing rates with appropriate interventions.

The stillbirth society of India is the first formal organization to be registered in India in affiliation to International stillbirth Alliance. The society aims to focus on different aspect of stillbirths. From data, guidelines, each causative factor to placental pathology. The society is much awaited need for the women of India who have lost and grieve the loss of their babies. Public awareness is lacking, the loss is still regarded as taboo; we need to start talking, inviting these women to be a part of change. A life shattering event for many couples which leads to depression and mental health issues. Bereavement counseling needs training so as to be supportive to these couples.

The stillbirth society of India is much needed organization for a public Heath issue. Bringing together people from all aspects of maternity care in India, to share, discuss, learn, and prevent will impact the numbers. We welcome all stake holders to come and join. Together we can do so much.

Preventing a stillbirth is lifetime of love and livelihood for a family!

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