First Candle applauds the tireless advocacy efforts of stillbirth mother and ASAP co-founder Debbie Haine Vijayvergiya. As a result of her efforts, The Autumn Joy Stillbirth Research and Dignity Act was strongly supported and passed the New Jersey state Senate in June. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Burlington), requires the state to establish policies and procedures for the dignified and sensitive management of each stillbirth, in consultation with nursing, psychology and social work professionals.
The state will also be required to establish protocols for evaluating fetal death to ensure doctors and hospitals report accurate and complete data to the state. With that information, state health officials can create a database to increase knowledge of stillbirth. Ultimately, it may help find a way to prevent and reduce the incidence of stillbirth. For additional information contact Debbie@dlh-associates.com.