Today is October 15. Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. At 7PM, bereaved families everywhere will honor the children they lost by lighting a candle. And, hopefully, on this day in particular they can grieve out loud—instead of grieving in silence.
Approximately 26,000 babies in the United States each year are stillborn, according to the National Institutes of Health. Another 11,300 babies in the United States, on average, die each year on the day they’re born, according to a report from Save the Children. And that’s not counting a pregnancy miscarriage rate of 15% to 20%. October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and the purpose is not only to recognize and raise awareness of the losses so many parents experience, but to inform and provide resources to them as well.
We all begin dreaming the moment we see that second pink line on the pregnancy test. No matter the gestation, a loss is a loss and a life is a life. Grief and mourning should be expected. If you’ve been touched by loss, please know that tonight we light a candle for you.
If you’d like to learn more about National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, visit the official site at www.october15th.com.