Dr. Denise Côté-Arsenault (Professor, Researcher, USA)

Dr. Côté-Arsenault has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s in Childbearing Family Nursing / Nurse Education degrees from Syracuse University, a PhD in Nursing from University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Women’s Health Research at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has clinical background in childbearing family nursing with years of experience in childbirth education, labor, delivery, postpartum and neonatal areas, and

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Prof. Gordon Smith (Obstetrician, UK)

Gordon Smith is Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, UK. He has five degrees from Glasgow University: BSc (1st class honours) 1987, MB ChB 1990, MD 1995, PhD 2001, and DSc 2012. His clinical training was in Glasgow, including sub-specialist training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He had Wellcome Trust clinical research training fellowships based in Glasgow University (1992-1993) and Cornell University, USA (1996-1999). His

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Dr. Samantha Murphy (Medical Sociologist, U.K.)

Dr Sam Murphy is Head of the Health and Social Care curriculum area at The Open University in the United Kingdom. She is a medical sociologist by background who specialises in death, dying and bereavement and, in particular, the experiences of parents whose baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. Her particular interest in this subject is located in her own experience as mother to a stillborn daughter who

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Dr. Francesc Figueras (Obstetrician, Spain)

Head of the Department of Fetal-Maternal Medicine at Hospital Clinic (Barcelona) and Associate Professor of the University of Barcelona. Research interest in Fetal Growth Restriction and Preeclampsia: Author of ~215 articles in indexed journals (~700 Impact Factor). Factor-h 44. Author of 15 chapters in books and Editor of 6 books.Associate Editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISI JCR  7/80 Obstetrics & Gynecology) and Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy (ISI JCR  13/80

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Dr. Jane Warland (Midwife, Australia)

Dr. Jane Warland is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Her PhD was awarded by Adelaide University. She has a background in midwifery. Since suffering the unexplained full term stillbirth of her daughter Emma in 1993, she has been a passionate researcher into preventative and modifiable risk factors for stillbirth. Her research interests include population health (epidemiology and health promotion), mental

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Sue Steen (Perinatal Nurse Navigator, USA)

Sue’s nursing and teaching career spans over 30 years. Sue has done research in the area of perinatal bereavement and works as a Perinatal Nurse Navigator at Maple Grove Hospital, with families who have suffered the early or late loss of a baby. She is also an adjunct nursing professor at Bethel University and has practiced maternal child nursing in a variety of settings. Sue, along with her co-founder, Lynn Zdechlik,

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Claire Storey (Researcher, parents advocate, U.K.)

Claire began volunteering for Sands UK following the early neonatal death of her first baby in 2004. She served as Chair of Bristol Sands for six years and has been a member of the West of England Child Death Overview Panel advising on bereavement issues since 2009. During this time she has been privileged to work with many bereaved parents individually and via bereavement support groups, which then led to

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Prof. Marta C. Cohen (Perinatal Pathologist, U.K.)

Prof. Marta Cohen is a Consultant Paediatric Pathologist and Head of Department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Trust. She is an MD, Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, and holds a Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence (Pathology) and a Diploma in Medical Education. She is a member and Past President of the International Association of Paediatric Pathology, which is affiliated to the IAP, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member

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Prof. Alexander Heazell (Obstetrician, UK)

Alexander Heazell is the Professor of Obstetrics and Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK. Since completing his PhD in 2008 on the role of placental dysfunction in preeclampsia, his research has focused on stillbirth; his research portfolio includes a profile of basic science, clinical and qualitative research studies to give a better understanding leading to prevention of stillbirth and improving care for parents after stillbirth.

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Jillian Cassidy (Umamanita, Organising Comm. Chair, Spain)

After the stillbirth of her first child Uma in 2007 she co-founded Umamanita with her partner Juan Castro. Umamanita was the first Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity in Spain. Through the association she supports parents and works with health professionals to improve care. She is has been a board member of the International Stillbirth alliance since 2013.  Jillian has been giving talks and seminars since 2009 and has been giving

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