The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of member organisations and individual supporters working towards stillbirth prevention and improvement of bereavement care worldwide.
To reduce the unacceptably high loss of lives through stillbirth and the longlasting adverse effects this loss has on families and communities, further research is urgently needed. The highest quality research will be futile in saving babies’ lives if it is not disseminated and acted on in the care of women before, during and after pregnancy.
In collaboration with member organisations, ISA works to publicize the results of stillbirth research, and in particular to facilitate the dissemination and use of the knowledge gained through the best available research evidence. ISA does this through fostering collaboration by connecting individuals and organisations around the world through conferences, regional meetings and a reliable web-based resource.
ISA does not provide services to individuals, rather working with member organisations to connect people locally and globally so they can learn from one another and thereby improve standards of care within their region.
How We Started
In 2002, three stillbirth mothers came together in Chicago, IL with a shared vision and passion to make a difference in the stillbirth cause. Their dream was to create an organization that would combine the knowledge of healthcare professionals with the passion of families in order to advance stillbirth research, medical care, and bereavement services. With these goals in mind they founded the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA). Today, ISA utilizes the experience and international reach of its partner organizations to continue the mission of understanding the causes and prevention of stillbirth. In addition, the ISA board and its members continue to honor and expand the original vision by involving stillbirth families in their ongoing and evolving goals. The founding parents continue to work in the stillbirth arena, supporting this cause in honor of their stillborn children.
- Antoinette Ayers
- Mary Geitz
- Monica Ruterschmidt-Ryczek
ISA is a not-for-profit organization recognized in the US as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
ISA has two subcommittees. For more information bout the subcommittees, see the links below.