National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day:
This day, observed annually on 15th October, strives to offer remembrance to those who have suffered or are suffering from pregnancy loss and infant death.
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Why National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day?
Childbirth can bring a great amount of joy and happiness to families, but when pregnancy fails and the infant is lost forever, the amount of pain a family suffers from multiplies tenfold. National pregnancy and infant loss awareness day is observed to show sympathy and solidarity towards those who have lost their children during and after pregnancies.
The statistics show that for 100 pregnancies, there are about 10 to 15 of them, which lead to miscarriages. Most of these happen during the first trimester before the 12th week of the pregnancy. Changes in the 2nd trimester are far less common as only 125 out of 100 pregnancies in the 2nd-trimester result in miscarriages.
Even though it’s near to impossible to eliminate the pain that is caused by miscarriages, there are certain ways in which you can alleviate them. You can name your baby this way, and you will make remembering it a bit more tangible. You can wear memorial jewelry in your baby’s honor; it’s better if it is handmade. You can plant a memorial tree that is going to remind you of your baby. After all, life will represent another life. You can order a memorial plaque or a crystal to help you feel better. The most fulfilling and satisfying way is to donate to a charitable organization; this way, you will know that your baby did some good even in its death.
We humans must be more empathetic towards those who have dealt with loss. National pregnancy and infant loss awareness day is just another step in the right direction.
It is observed to show solidarity towards our fellow humans at a time of unimaginable pain.
How can we observe National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day?
- Reach out to a person who has suffered or is suffering from child loss or pregnancy loss, and you can be their support at this stressful time; they will surely appreciate it.
- Educate yourself and others on pregnancy loss and infant loss statistics to highlight the severity of this problem. Remember, a problem is only solved when it is brought to attention.
- Spread awareness about the existence of the stay by uploading a story or sharing a pic and typing in the caption #nationalpregnancyandinfantlossawarenessday.
Interesting facts on National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day:
- Baby loss awareness which includes loss during and after pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage, and SIDS, is symbolized by the pink and blue ribbon. You can show your support by wearing this ribbon on the 15th of October. This ribbon might be the conversation starter you need to spread awareness about this day.
- The baby that is born after the loss of a baby to miscarriage, infant death, stillbirth, or any other reason, is called a rainbow baby. This term denotes the rainbow of life that comes after the storm that is caused due to the loss of one.
- The baby born before the miscarriage is known as a sunshine baby; it represents happiness and calm before the storm caused by losing a baby. The child that is lost is referred to as an angel baby.
- Even if you had a miscarriage, you are still considered to be a mother.
- Depending on the time till when a lady is pregnant, it can take her weeks to a month to recover from miscarriage; she can have pregnancy hormone in her bloodstream for up to one to two months after the miscarriage. However, to recover psychologically is an entirely different story; some mothers are unable to recover even after months and o months after the miscarriage. However, to recover psychologically is an entirely different story; some mothers are unable to recover even after months and years after miscarriage; in this case, therapy might help.
History of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day:
- President Ronald Reagan declared October as pregnancy and infant loss awareness month on October 25th, 1988. from here on, the pregnancy and infant loss awareness moment started to gain traction.
- The pregnancy and infant loss Remembrance Day campaign came about to be an in American movement on October 15th, 2002. It was done by Tammy Novak, Robyn Bear, and Lisa Brown, who petitioned the 50 States and the federal government’s governors. This resulted in 20 of the 50 signs being done. Ends 15th October 2002 is remembered as the first-ever national pregnancy and infant loss Remembrance Day. 28 September 2006, the House of Representatives signed a concurrent resolution supporting the principles of this day.
- This day is proclaimed by all the 50 states early, and some states act as permanent proclamations. New York, Rhode Island, Kansas, South Dakota, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Missouri are these states.
- This movement has gone international, with several countries observing this day.