October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

by jalkire on October 15, 2018

October-is-Pregnancy-Infant-Loss-Awareness-monthIn October we acknowledge the women and couples who suffered loss and bereavement of those who have had a miscarriage or infant death, including stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or any death of a newborn. The research shows that approximately 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Miscarriage can cause a flood of emotions and feelings of pain and loss. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day was declared in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan declared the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month to support women and families who have suffered such an insurmountable loss.

Many people are unaware about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. However, we bet everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Why is it that more people don’t know or talk about pregnancy and infant loss? There is a stigma associated with this topic and people just don’t want to talk about something so sad and isolating. It is also difficult to find resources or support groups for those who suffer this unfortunate loss. Having a day to recognize women who have encountered such a loss helps build a community of those who have gone through the loss and can provide support for reaching out.

For anyone that has had a pregnancy or infant loss, we are sending you strength and encourage you to be open and share your story with others to get the message out there so people don’t suffer in silence any longer. You can wear a pink and blue ribbon to represent Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, light a candle, or provide support and empathy to someone you know suffered a loss.

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