What We Do
End-of-life expenses of a stillbirth, such as funeral and burial fees, can cost up to $4,500 for an infant. Most parents are not prepared for this expense.
Cael’s Angels Association is dedicated to raising awareness and helping families of stillbirths honor their babies with financial assistance for end-of-life expenses.
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How we help
We offer financial assistant to those in need through our; Funeral expense, Autopsy expense, Bereavement support, and Research support programs.
By host an annual Motorcycle ride in June to raise money to help those in need. Cael’s Ride 4 Stillbirth Awareness
We are also planning other events, so check the events page for details as they become available.
Cael’s Angels Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donations go directly to the programs Cael’s Angels Association offers to aid bereaved families of stillbirth. Thank you for your support for the 26,000 families stillbirth effects in the US each year.
Funeral Expenses – Qualifying families can request financial support for the costs associated with burial/funeral expenses as funds are available.
Autopsy Expenses – When insurance coverage does not include autopsy qualifying families can request financial support for the costs associated with the full evaluation of a stillbirth as funds are available. Understanding what happened is so important in the healing process for grieving families. Likewise, understanding what did not cause a baby’s death is very important in planning future pregnancies.
Bereavement Support – Grief work is difficult and may require professional assistance. Qualifying families can request assistance with funds to allow them the mental health guidance they need in these difficult times as funds are available.
Stillbirth Research – Until we understand better what causes stillbirth we cannot fully protect unborn babies. Funding for ongoing research is an important part of our mission
Following are the most recent facts on stillbirth and ways to reduce the risk.
- Stillbirth is the death of an infant in-utero at 20 or more completed gestational weeks.
- More than 26,000 babies are stillborn in the United States each year, 71 per day. Worldwide there are over 4 million stillbirths each year.
- One in 160 American pregnancies ends in stillbirth. Almost 50 percent of these deaths occur at or near full term and often seem to be otherwise healthy babies.
- The majority of stillbirths (85%) occur before delivery with 15% occurring during labor and delivery. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of all stillbirth deaths remain unexplained. Researchers feel that this is more likely due to a failure to investigate the deaths, rather than a medical mystery.
- Stillbirth deaths cut across all socio-economic classes, races, religions and maternal age groups. No family is immune. Some of the more common diagnosable causes for stillbirth are: placental abruption and other placental problems, birth defects and chromosomal abnormalities, uncontrolled diabetes, pre-eclampsia, cord accidents and infections.
- The risk factors for stillbirth include: advanced maternal age; no previous pregnancies; pregnancy past due date; maternal obesity; maternal smoking; prior stillbirth, neonatal death or other fetal losses; uncontrolled maternal diabetes; maternal hypertension or hypotension; baby with intrauterine growth restriction; and IVF pregnancies.
- Few parents are encouraged to obtain a stillbirth evaluation (autopsy, placental exam or other clinical testing) to determine the cause of death.
- Mothers who suffer a stillbirth do not receive recognition in many states. There is no standard record keeping for babies who do not take a breath