1st Breath has served families and professionals in every aspect facing stillbirth. The have been pivotal in advocating for awareness and respect from the local, national and even international levels. They serve families from the time of diagnosis, through giving birth to a stillborn baby, and advocacy for the following years. They provide information and tools to professionals to aid in supporting and serving families in making a lifetime of memories in a short amount of time. They work with researchers, legislators, professionals and families to fight stillbirth and be a voice for precious babies who left us too early.
1st Breath began as a program providing resources to families and medical professionals dealing with stillbirth. The Compassion Care Kits provide information, resources, keepsakes and tools to provide support for newly bereaved parents. We now have expanded into supporting and sharing research, advocating legislative issues, loss Doula support, memorial events, assisting with developing technical tools to provide support and comfort to women who become pregnant after losing a baby to stillbirth, along with other numerous efforts.
The national headquarters have relocated from the Midwest to the east coast where 1st Breath had been met with a great deal of support from city officials. In the first year two proclamations were made recognizing our babies. A Baby Loss Memorial Garden was also provided by one city and allows parents to plant notes embedded with flower seeds for their babies.
1st Breath continues to reach out and expand its support and service's, honor our precious babies who have gone on, serving to reduce the risk of babies death, and supporting all who are touched by stillbirth.
Dr. Patricia Flynn is absolutely the right person to be in charge of 1st Breath, and is directly responsible for its progress and success over the past decade and more.
The important thing about running a non-profit, and most assuredly this one, is a thorough and complete understanding of the experiences, assistance and results of the work being done. Dr. Flynn exceeds the requirement for all of those, having gone thru Stillbirth herself in 1978.
The experience she went thru in 1978 and the three and a half decades since serves her well, and gives her efforts, thoughts and actions added credibility. She's able to relate directly with those that 1st Breath assists. Singlehandedly she's been able to get state legislatures to recognize Stillbirth with the creation of "certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth" that enables much needed closure and lifetime remembrance of a parents' child born still. She has also traveled to educate and work with legislators in Washington DC for a nationwide standard for the handling of Stillbirth - and more importantly, trying to get the needed funding for proper and complete research into Stillbirth.
It's been incredible to watch her meet people from all over the world in person, on line and over the phone as they discuss their mutual feelings about the subject. Dr. Flynn has the ability (and indeed nationally-recognized training) to deal with these parents, siblings, family and friends.
1st Breath has been so very important in the continued attempt to keep Stillbirth in the American conversation about health care, prenatal services, and counseling.