HELP Get Stillbirth & SIDS Bill Passed in Congress!

SIDS & Stillbirth BillThere is a bill being considered in Congress called the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act. The bill promotes awareness and data collection that can help to provide more information, protocols, and prevention of Stillbirth and SIDS. Read more about the bill.

Contact your Senator to ask him or her to support this critical, no-cost bill! Information and simple steps to contact your Senator can be found here. There are visits to the Hill being scheduled for November 13th. If you are interested in participating, please email laura@firstcandle.org for more information.

Get involved to help this vital effort to save babies and help families!

 

Minnie Driver Movie on Stillbirth: Own the DVD!

Return to Zero

Return to Zero

Did you miss the release of “Return to Zero” Minnie Driver’s new movie on stillbirth? The movie is now available on DVD!

RETURN TO ZERO is based on the true story of a successful couple, Maggie (MINNIE DRIVER) and Aaron (PAUL ADELSTEIN) who are preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they are devastated to discover that their baby son has died in the womb and will be stillborn.

The movie shows their struggle with the grief of loss and the toll it takes on the couple and their marriage. After deciding to divorce, Maggie finds that she is pregnant and the two reunite for an anxious journey through the difficult pregnancy.

Read more about it and order the movie at the Return to Zero website.

World Premiere of Minnie Driver Movie on Stillbirth!

Return to Zero

Return to Zero

“Return to Zero” World Premiere — Only 3 Days to Go!
The momentum is building for the World Premiere of RETURN TO ZERO on LIFETIME this Saturday, May 17th at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central!

The press has been amazing! We’ve been featured on Ellen, Entertainment Tonight, the CBS Morning News, and you can tune in to see Minnie discuss RETURN TO ZERO on “The Talk” tomorrow!

If you haven’t seen the RTZ trailer yet, you can find it on our website at www.returntozerothemovie.com.

We’ve redesigned our site to make it easy for you to view our most recent videos, pre-order the DVD and find information, helpful links and a discussion guide for the film!

Even with all of the amazing publicity, we still need your help over the next 72 hours to get the word out about this important and silence-shattering film! This is an amazing moment for this community and we need your help with the final push!

Here are 5 ways to help promote the RETURN TO ZERO worldwide premiere this weekend!
1. Post ‘tune-in’ messaging on all your social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, your blog, etc., and/or ‘share’ RETURN TO ZERO Facebook messages and retweet RETURN TO ZERO tweets!

2. Download the RETURN TO ZERO Facebook cover image and post it to your Facebook page! Here’s the link!

3. Download the RETURN TO ZERO ‘Print at home’ flyers from our site and distribute them in your community. Here’s the link!

4. Host a RETURN TO ZERO viewing party at your home or designated location and download ‘Customizable Viewing Party invitation’ to invite friends, family, etc. Here’s the link!

5. Word of mouth – spread the word via phone calls, emails, talking to your friends, family, and even texting, etc., about RETURN TO ZERO premiere this weekend! There is no advertising more effective than word-of-mouth.

International Premieres!

RETURN TO ZERO premieres in the UK on Lifetime on Sunday, May 18th at 21:00!

RETURN TO ZERO premieres in Southeast Asia on Lifetime on Tuesday, May 20th!

Tune into our RTZ Facebook page for more information on international premieres as that information is made available to us.

RETURN TO ZERO–DVD Pre-Order
You can now pre-order the “Return to Zero” DVD on Amazon which ships in mid-late June. It is filled with over 75 minutes of extras–14 behind-the-scenes videos to 5 incredibly moving short films handpicked from the RTZ community.

RETURN TO ZERO–COUNTDOWN SHOW and post-film DISCUSSION
Thanks to Jonathan & Carrie of STILL Project and Carly Marie of Project Heal, we are proud to announce that we’ll be having Google + Hangouts both BEFORE and AFTER the film airs!

The COUNTDOWN SHOW begins at 7pm Eastern and features writer/director/producer Sean Hanish and Kiley Hanish and producer, Paul Jaconi-Biery. Plus, we’ll be doing live “look-ins” with viewing parties across the country!

The POST-PREMIERE DISCUSSION begins at 10:30pm Eastern where the “real Dr. Claire” Dr. Karla Iacampo and grief educator Cath Duncan will take you through the RETURN TO ZERO Discussion Guide for Bereaved Parents.

RETURN TO ZERO – the Retreat
I’m proud to announce that Kiley Hanish is going to be hosting Return to Zero retreats later this year. Her focus is on women who have been through the loss of a baby and how one can journey through grief to healing. You can find more information about her upcoming retreats and sign up for her mailing list here.

And you can always find out more about the film and find helpful links and information about stillbirth and neonatal loss here on our webiste!

Only 3 more days until we break the silence together! Let’s make every hour count!

Sincerely,

Sean Hanish
Writer, Producer, Director
RETURN TO ZERO
Father of Norbert, Roxie & Cannon

Break the Silence! Pledge to See “Return to Zero” in Theatres!

RETURN TO ZERO is the first film ever created with stillbirth as its central theme. We have an amazing cast (MINNIE DRIVER, PAUL ADELSTEIN, ALFRED MOLINA, CONNIE NIELSEN KATHY BAKER, ANDREA ANDERS and SARAH JONES) and have created a beautiful and touching film that will change how people view stillbirth and the effect it has on parents, relationships, families, and communities.
 
Now we need this film to reach the largest audience possible–which is why we need your help!
 
By PLEDGING to see RETURN TO ZERO in theaters opening weekend, when it shows in your community, you will prove to Hollywood that that there is an audience for a film about this difficult but important subject matter.
 
We can do this–but only if we work together. Let’s finally SHATTER THE SILENCE ONCE AND FOR ALL!
 
Be counted in the number for this groundbreaking film! Simply click this link to fill out a very brief and simple form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HqU43R7iij8WJt1bavZkmjhmPdci56qakUUKt2VfvWg/viewform
 
Let’s DO this!! HOPE to see you at the theatre everyone!

Plan to Attend the Stillbirth Summit

Attend the Stillbirth Summit

The Stillbirth Summit is a critical educational event that will address how 30,000 babies in the U.S. and more than 3.4 million babies worldwide die each year before they take their first breath. The event will raise awareness, rally families, push for more research, create prevention strategies in pregnancy care and seek to dramatically decrease the rate of this unnecessary tragedy.

You are invited to join more than a dozen international researchers, hundreds of health professionals, parents and others, in Minneapolis on October 6-8, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Airport-Mall of America, located at 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN, 55425.

If you cannot attend the Summit, you can buy a ticket to the live VIRTUAL VIDEO CONFERENCE that will document the conversations and outcomes. For more information, email info@starlegacyfoundation.org or visit their website at www.starlegacyfoundation.org.