Thanks to the MISS Foundation, Arizona is the first state in the U.S. to change its law requiring the issuance of a birth certificate for infants who die just prior to or during labor. Previously, these families were issued only death certificates. Since Arizona's bill, Utah and Indiana have passed the same law. Bills are also pending in Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Mississippi, and other states.
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The M.I.S.S. Foundation is a
nonprofit, 501(c)3, international organization which provides immediate
and ongoing support to grieving families, empowerment through community
volunteerism opportunities, public policy and legislative education,
and programs to reduce infant and toddler death through research and