Educational Resources Available from WiSSP

Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program

WiSSP offers two brochures that can be ordered. These brochures are educational in nature, each intended for a particular audience. If you are interested in receiving either of these resources, please contact:

WiSSP c/o Dr. Elizabeth McPherson
Medical Genetics
Marshfield Clinic
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449

Or you may send an e-mail to

"Your stillborn baby: Finding Answers" is written for parents whose babies have died, offering information about WiSSP services and general grief and loss support.

"Finding answers for your patients" has been created specifically for physicians, nurses, and counselors to provide to their patients. It explains the WiSSP evaluation of stillborns.

Other helpful resources that can be found on this website include:

WiSSP scientific publications may be of interest to physicians, nurses, and counselors. This series of articles describes the Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program and assesses the findings regarding etiology of stillbirth derived from infants referred to the program. Abstracts of these papers are available online.

Our Glossary provides definitions of medical terms commonly used when talking about stillbirth that can be of service to family, friends and the general public.

The WiSSP Resource Library is an annotated bibliography of books, audio tapes, and other resources that may be of use for family, friends, and the general public.

The Stillbirth Assessment Protocol generated by WiSSP for use by physicians and nurses in the etiologic assessment of stillborn infants, while accessible on this web site, is also available in full form in our "Protocol Packet." This packet includes:

  • protocol algorithm
  • parent letter
  • consent forms
  • clinical examination forms
  • guidelines for photographs, x-rays, Kleihauer-Betke testing, and chromosome analysis
  • answers to commonly asked questions about stillbirth evaluation

WiSSPers is the official newsletter of WiSSP, but is currently in abeyance due to lack of funding. Every issue contains articles of direct relevance to nurses, physicians, and counselors who work with parents who experience stillbirth. Generally, each quarterly issue contained:

  • An In Depth review of a specific topic, by the WiSSP Director
  • Critiques of recently published articles in professional journals (In the Lit)
  • A guest article (Guest Corner) from an expert in the field
  • A review of selected parent resources (From the Lending Library), and
  • A biography of an individual important to our efforts (Personal Portraits)

Back issues of WiSSPers may still be relevant and can be accessed below. Listed with each volume is its In Depth and Guest Corner article(s). A listing of articles, books and resource materials reviewed in WiSSPers also is available.


Volume 6 Number 1 and 2

December 1999

Volume 5 Number 4

April 1999

Volume 5 Number 2 and 3

In Depth: A Sixteen Year Retrospective of Stillbirth Assessment

Fall/Winter 1998

Guest Corner: Ten Common Myths About Children and Grief

Volume 5 Number 1

In Depth: Case Studies from the Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program - #1

June 1998

Guest Corner: "Creating Memories," Cynthia Fritz

Volume 4 Number 4

In Depth: Jugulolymphatic Obstruction Sequence and Stillbirth

Feb. 1998

Guest Corner: "Yesterday was my son's birthday," Cynthia Fritz

Volume 4 Number 3

In Depth: Confined Placental Mosaicism


Guest Corner: A Burial Option for Babies Who Die Before Birth

Volume 4 Number 2

In Depth: Looking for Infection in Stillborn Infants

July 1997

Guest Corner: SHARE, Cathi Lammert RN; Bereavement Services/RTS, Fran Rybarik RN, MPH.

Volume 4 Number 1

In Depth: Stillbirth Assessment in the Era of Managed Care

April 1997

Guest Corner: Moving Forward in the Managed Care Environment, Daniel J. Bier, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care

Volume 3 Number 4

In Depth: Cocaine, Pregnancy, and Risk of Intrauterine Death

Dec 1996

Guest Corner: An Editorial Perspective, Richard M. Pauli, Director of WiSSP

Volume 3 Number 3

In Depth: Chromosomes and Stillbirth: Abnormalities in Stillborns

Oct 1996

Guest Corner: Research into the Causes of Stillbirth, Leslie Biesecker, Researcher at the National Center for Human Genome Research

Volume 3 Number 2

In Depth: Chromosomes and Stillbirth: Introduction to Cytogenetics

June 1996

Guest Corner: Pregnancy Following Perinatal Loss: An Intervention Program for Parents, Joann O'Leary, Parent-Infant Specialist

Volume 3 Number 1

Guest Corner: Working with the Bereaved Adolescent Mother

Feb 1996

Challenges, Lessons, and Guidelines, Connie Nykiel, Certified Professional Childbirth Educator for Teen Moms

Volume 2 Number 4

In Depth: Fetal Deaths at Less than 20 Weeks Gestation

Nov 1995

Guest Corner: Diaphragmatic Hernia, Cynthia Curry, Director of Medical Genetics and Prenatal Detection, Valley Children's Hospital, Fresno, CA

Volume 2 Number 3

In Depth: Radiologic Assessment of Stillborns

July 1995

Volume 2 Number 2

In Depth: Parvovirus B19 and Intrauterine Death

Apr 1995

Guest Corner: Disposition of the Body after Stillbirth, Sue Lendborg, Perinatal Social Worker, Meriter-Park Hospital, Madison, WI

Volume 2 Number 1

In Depth: Maceration and the Timing of Intrauterine Death

Jan 1995

Guest Corner: Observing A Grief: A Religious Response, Fr. Razz Waff, Director of Pastoral Care, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Racine, WI

Volume 1 Number 4

In Depth: Disruptions and Stillbirth

Oct 1994

Guest Corner: The Story of a Perinatal Mortality Counseling Program, Kenneth R. Kellner, Professor of Maternal/Fetal Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

Volume 1 Number 3

In Depth: Twinning and Intrauterine Death

Spring 1994

Guest Corner: The Emotional Impact of Stillbirth in a Multiple Pregnancy, Jean Kollantai, Co-founder of the Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

Volume 1 Number 2

In Depth: The Umbilical Cord and Stillbirth

Winter '93-94

Guest Corner: Your Part in the Caregiving Equation, Sherokee Ilse, Professional Consultant, Speaker, and Author on bereavement issues

Volume 1 Number 1

In Depth: Fetal-Maternal Hemorrhage and Stillbirth

Fall 1993

In Depth: Lower Mesodermal Defects
Guest Corner: Tips for Caring for a Stillborn Infant, Bonnie K. Gensch, Bereavement Services/RTS

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