October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Did you know that every year in the United States there are 26,000 stillbirths and 4,000 infants under the age of one that die unexpectedly (First Candle, 2016)? Until recently, the topic of pregnancy and infant loss has been a taboo in our society, but thanks to the efforts of groups such as Remembering Our Babies, the fight to recognize the reality of pregnancy and infant loss has been a great success (Remembering Our Babies, 2009). Beginning in 1988 President Ronald Reagan declared October as Pregnancy and Awareness Month, but to Robyn Bear, the founder of Remembering Our Babies, October 15th resource page, it felt like there still wasn’t a time for parents to talk about their lost child. This prompted her to advocate for recognizing October 15th as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (Remembering Our Babies, 2009). Every year on October 15th at 7pm individuals worldwide participate in what is known as a Wave of Light, in which a candle is lit for one hour in remembrance of all pregnancy and infant losses (Remembering Our Babies, 2009). For more information, visit http://www.october15th.com/ and http://www.firstcandle.org

By Kim Smith