Heidi Faith, SBD, Founder
I’m just a girl!
With a background in social work and counseling of abused and at-risk youth, I became pregnant with my first child and felt my calling shift to clinical perinatal psycho-spiritual therapy and birth support work.
As a Chaplain and certified Grief & Loss Coach, I completed my studies through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and am a member of the American Academy of Christian Counselor’s (AACC) Grief, Crisis and Disaster division.
I hold certificates through Cascade Christian Childbirth Association in birth education and labor support. As a double certified crisis pregnancy counselor in pre- and post- abortive counseling, I began the Newborn Adoption Doula Network, which provides birth support to families experiencing the transition of fostering or adoption. I work as a member of Christian Childbirth Services LLC and am a member of the International Christian Childbirth Coalition. I have received additional training through Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Hospice Foundation of America’s Hospice Clergy End-of-Life Education Project.
My long term goal is to open Stillbirthday Palliative Birth Center.
I serve as a women’s mentor at my church, as a Maidens by His Design Instructor as well as a Director of Mentoring for Blessing God’s Way. Contact me to teach the young ladies in your life about maidenhood.
Stillbirthday is the legacy of my fourth child, born via natural miscarriage on April 19, 2011. You can read pieces of my journey.
Stillbirthday has been endorsed by:
- Dr. Laura Schlessinger
- Dr. Julie Wood
- The Dunamas Counseling Center
- Bob Foust and Friends
- Above Rubies
- Doula Match
Stillbirthday has been featured:
- Kansas City Star
- Smithville Herald
- Progressive Parenting
- Birth Without Fear
- Brio Birth
- Charis Childbirth
- The Doula Mentor
- CAPPA 2012 “Bridging the Gap” Conference by nurse, author, public speaker and “family centered care” advocate Polly Perez.
- Earth Mama Angel Baby
Stillbirthday has earned:
- the number one place in Babble’s Top 100 Blogs of 2012
- Readers Choice Award from Birthing Naturally
- finalist for several awards including WEGO Healthcare
Stillbirthday is a member:
- Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance
- National Home Funeral Alliance
Jennifer Mull R.N., Provider Care Director
Jennifer Mull has years of experience in providing bereavement mentorship both to mothers and to medical professionals. Author of internationally published “What if I miscarry?” Jennifer’s personal and professional ambition is to see mothers experiencing babyloss at any point in pregnancy to receive compassionate, affirming, and holistic professional care. In her role as Provider Care Director, Jennifer oversees all of the Provider Care content including the SBD professional birth & bereavement training, and is available for workshops and lectures in medical professional conduct and care prior to, during and after pregnancy and infant loss.
You can contact Jennifer at Jennifer.Mull@stillbirthday.com
Lauretta Clay, SBD, Doula Advisory Team Leader
Lauretta’s naturally encouraging and genuinely engaging personality reaches right into any individual’s inherent need for connection, providing a safe place for each of us to explore and to grow. Lauretta offers professional mentorship to birth & bereavement professionals (including me!) through our Provider Care program, while offering support, encouragement and validation to families and professionals alike through our SBD Network resources. Creating new programs and campaigns designed to foster networking and encouragement to other professionals and to parents alike, while maintaining a supervisory role within the SBD Network, Lauretta’s thoughtfulness, compassion, her enthusiasm to hearken healing and her passion to honor the unique journeys before each of us, brings a true sense of community to the families we serve and brings a true sense of sisterhood to our doulas and professional team.
You can contact Lauretta at LaurettaClay.SBD@stillbirthday.com
Doula Advisory Team
Members of the Doula Advisory Team serve as mentors to our doulas and to other professionals. Offering a once a week email for up to a period of 3 months, as part of our Provider Care program, our doula advisory team offers a support system for professionals like no other.
- Lauretta Clay, Leader
- Stephanie Nalley, SBD
- Jessica Dube, SBD
- Ashley Boren, SBD
- Deana Ruston, SBD
- Elizabeth Petrucelli, SBD
- Jennifer Wilson, SBD
Stillbirthday Birth & Bereavement Diversity Team
We are looking for executive team members who have excellent understanding of diversity within birth and/or bereavement. To be considered for our executive team, you must demonstrate depth of understanding in the culture or faith group you are representing, including documented training and exposure.
We also hold a growing section of cultural and religious bereavement resources, with opportunities for you to join our news team to write on a particular subject, or provide mentorship to other bereaved parents who share in your unique and special demographic.
Melissa D, Chair of Personal Relations
After learning that her daughter had died due to a missed miscarriage at 18 weeks, Melissa left her doctor’s office with zero resources to help her cope with the grief, anger and confusion of her loss. Determined to find a community where she could express her feelings and talk with other women who would understand her feelings, she set out on an extensive search for groups, websites and communities online that would help her. She was amazed by the amount of groups available but, she also quickly realized that not all resources were the same. In her role as Chair of Personal Relations, Melissa co-leads our SBD News Team. Melissa wants to ensure that other women are provided with positive resources as they try to work through the most painful experience that any parent can ever have to face.
You can contact Melissa at Melissa.Day@stillbirthday.com
There is one more Chair of Personal Relations positions available.
Shanon P, Chair of Communications
Shanon helps maintain the feedback reply communications and overall helping bereaved mothers and loved ones navigate the website and obtain the information and resources they need when they need them. Because Shanon handles the immediate needs of stillbirthday visitors, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Marketing/Customer Relations
This role will help promote sponsors and advertisement for and with stillbirthday. There are three Chair of Marketing/Customer Relations positions available. If you are interested in filling this role, please contact Heidi Faith
SBD Regional Representatives
These positions are held by our professionally trained SBD doulas, and help in part by overseeing the progress and programs of their Local Representatives. Regional Representatives help plan and promote workshops and other public awareness opportunities in your region.
- Carmen Schultz, SBD (Region 3: Canada)
SBD Local Representatives
This role will serve in spreading the word about stillbirthday in your own local community in a more concentrated and intentional way. Utilizing resources such as our printable letters to medical professionals, you are trailblazing and ensuring that your own local professionals know about stillbirthday, so that your own local community of families can receive the support they deserve. You will work in conjunction with your Regional Representative in creating new ways of spreading the word about stillbirthday and our global network of resources and support. If you are interested in filling this important role, please contact Heidi Faith.
- Billie C., serving Manistee, MI
- Doran R., serving Strasburg, VA
SBD Program Members
The members of these programs are invaluable to stillbirthday, and include:
Franchesca Cox, Website Designer
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All of our positions here at stillbirthday are voluntary, non monitary roles. We simply have a heart to use our own experiences to help hurting families.