National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day

pregnancy&infantlossawarenessmonthIf you’ve never lost a child, experienced a miscarriage or a still birth you might not know that October is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. More specifically, October 15th is a universal day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death. This day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils….I know I never knew something like this existed until it applied to me.

Did you know that:

  • One in four pregnancies ends in the loss of a baby
  • The loss of a child is recognized as the most intense cause of grief
  • Parents never “get over” the loss of a child – no matter the age
  • Parents experiencing grief without supportive care can have debilitating consequences such as PTSD, depression and anxiety that could further result in job loss, divorce, difficulties in daily living, or impediments with parenting of living children

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Day of Hope

august19Today, August 19th, is a Day of Hope. It has been an international event held internationally since 2008. It was created to help break the silence surrounding the death of babies and children. It is a day that brings healing to our community as we unite together to speak openly about the babies and children who are no longer here. Continue reading

Another angel

pT5ej4RncToday I went to the funeral of an infant boy. I know the mother, she works at an organization where I volunteer from time to time. She was 8 months pregnant and had preeclampsia. She was getting blood clots, and got one in the umbilical cord which cut off the oxygen supply to her son and he passed away. I just can’t even begin to understand the pain that the family is experiencing right now. My heart just breaks for them. Continue reading