UPDATE: Ohio Law Related to Fetal Death Certificates

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email
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UPDATE 6/19/2014 5:25 PM

An important part of the story we brought to you Tuesday about one mom holding a Kindness Day in honor of her son Samuel who she lost to stillbirth at 39 weeks.

Her way of making some sense of what happened.

For women who go through losing a child before 20 weeks, they receive no birth certificate because in the medical world it's considered a miscarriage.

Leaving them with nothing physical for them to hold on to.

But now the state of Ohio is changing its laws with Senate Bill 175 in March of this year.

It allows mothers to apply for a fetal death certificate first, then, once on file with the state, a birth certificate can be issued for the lost child.

"I think it's really important especially for moms like me who I don't have a headstone, I don't have those legal things that say he was real. So this is kinda a step in validating that for grieving parents," says Chrissy Durham.

The law allows for miscarriages up to seven years ago.

The state requires the mother to have a statement from the doctors office.

A story of loss and heartache.

A Marietta mom found a way to work through the grief.

After losing her baby to stillbirth at 39 weeks last December, she found a way to make a difference, finding hope for herself by helping women all over the world.

Nicole and Justin Fortune can never get their baby boy Samuel back.

Left in shock, confusion and heartbreak, days before Samuel was supposed to be born this past December, the doctors told them he no longer had a heartbeat.

It's been a tough six months.

Nicole and Justin say everyday comes with its ups and downs.

The couple has son Jacob who will be two in July.

As part of Nicole's grieving process for Samuel, she wanted to somehow reclaim what they had lost, coming up with a Kindness Day in honor of him.

Believing in her heart that Samuel would have been a kind boy, she wanted to express to the world that love.

So she made a Facebook event, sharing with her close friends and it grew from there.

People started sharing until there was one person from each of the 50 states and four different countries, all planning to participate.

"It's incredible. It's really taken off and I think for those that have had this experience, those that know us or those that have had that experience in their own lives or even people who don't because it's such a sad thing, I think it gives them something tangible to do," says Nicole.

Nicole says it's low key, what ever you want to do.

Things as simple as holding the door for someone, buying lunch for the car behind you in the drive through, or putting quarters in the Aldi shopping carts.

She says it's a beautiful, positive thing that people are really able to identify with.

Kindness Day is on July 27th.

The International Kindness Project began in 1996 as a way for families to honor their deceased child and to help themselves heal.



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