Tomorrow, October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This day is very near and dear to my heart. If you haven't experienced a pregnancy or infant loss or know someone who has I know your possibly wondering what it's all about. It's a day of remembrance for those who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. It also a day you can show your support for someone who has lost to remember their beloved child. Two years ago I learned of http://www.october15th.com/ site. Mainly because I was trying to research what had just happened to me this site was really my saving grace that year, it not only helped me acknowledge my loss and my pain but it also gave me a way to remember. It also helped me feel not so alone in this journey. Each year you are invited to light a candle on October 15th at 7pm in your time zone to create a wave of light in remembrance of the child/children that you have lost, or in honor of someone else who has lost a child thought miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.
This year I encourage you to check out the site and to light a candle and support someone who has lost because there is no word to describe a parent that loses a child, because the loss is like no other and they need your support. If you your self has lost I encourage you to check out http://www.october15th.com/ and http://facesofloss.com/.
Below are some statistics take a moment read over them some might blow your mind.
- According to emedicine, Ectopic pregnancy is the leading cause of pregnancy-related death during the first trimester in the United States, accounting for 9% of all pregnancy-related deaths. 64,000 women experience pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy.
- According to emedicine, the overall miscarriage rate is 15-20%. Some physicians believe this percentage may even be higher, as miscarriage can often occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
- Approximately 25,000 babies are stillborn each year in the United States, and according to the March of Dimes, about 19,000 babies die within the first month of life (called neonatal death).
- SIDS claims the lives of over 7000 babies each year nationally.