International Stillbirth Alliance 2017


In 2017, the pregnancy loss and research group hosted the annual meeting of the International Stillbirth Alliance.

Dr Keelin O'Donoghue chaired the organising committee for ISA 2017, and led a multi-disciplinary team involving obstetricians, midwives, scientists, services users, perinatal pathologists, chaplains, educators and researchers & parents.

The conference attracted an international faculty and attendees, and this served as an excellent opportunity for researchers, clinicians and industry to meet, exchange ideas and form future collaborations.

  • Over 400 national and international delegates, making this the most successful conference in the history of the ISA, attended ISA Cork 2017. 
  • Delegates came from 26 countries. 
  • 20% of delegates were non-healthcare professionals - bereaved parents and parent support groups.
  •  Human experiences of stillbirth bereavement from both bereaved parents and healthcare professionals were also shared.
  • Plenary talks and Invited speakers
  • >130 Submitted presentations – Talks and Posters
  • Exhibition from charities and support groups
  • Pre-conference workshops successful, attracted a wide range of delegates.
  • Parents Workshop and Assembly – unique original and well attended
  • There was significant national media coverage - print, radio and TV.
  • ISA 2017 was also the first public viewing of a moving and beautiful short film “When my baby died”, made by the LOC in collaboration with small group of bereaved parents. 

Download a Commentary on experiences from International Stillbirth Conference 2017 written collaboratively by a parent, a chaplain, a bereavement and loss specialist midwife and a consultant obstetrician.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

An Roinn Obstatraice agus Gínéiceolaíochta

Cork University Maternity Hospital, 5th Floor, Wilton, Cork, Ireland