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Woman Who Lost Baby Studying How To Help Moms Who Had Stillbirths

Every year, there are 26,000 babies who die at birth in the United States. Stillbirths are 10 times more common than having a child die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Still, the causes of stillbirths, or the death of a baby at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later, are often unknown.

It could happen because of a problem with the umbilical cord, or placenta, and we know that you’re at higher risk of a stillbirth if you have high-blood pressure. Black women are twice as likely to experience a stillbirth than White or Hispanic women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One mother who’s suffered this loss is ASU health researcher Jennifer Huberty. She spoke with The Show’s Lauren Gilger about the loss of her daughter, Raine.

Huberty says there hasn’t been a lot of research done on causes of stillbirths, but, she is currently doing some of the first research on treatment of mothers after they suffer this loss.

Her work focuses on what worked for her in coping with her loss: yoga. She recently got a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how it could help these women.  

Huberty is hosting a fundraiser for the Star Legacy Foundation for Stillbirth Awareness on Jan. 28 at the Helton Brewing Company in Phoenix.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.