Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

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Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, also referred to as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is observed annually on October 15, during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.” One annual tradition is a worldwide Wave of Light. People are asked to light a candle at 7 p.m. in their own time zone. If someone in every time zone joins in, there is a wave of candle light for a 24-hour period on this special day.

If you know someone who has experienced the loss of a baby, use this day as a chance to reach out in a simple way to let them know that their child is not forgotten. It can be hard to know what to say. Just let your friend know you are thinking of them through words or actions. A card, an email, a kind gesture might make a big difference. Help make today meaningful. Light a candle, say a prayer, kiss your children, be grateful for your life and the lives of those you love.

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