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Women miscarry

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

October 2020

What can you say to a grieving parent after the loss of their baby? How can you give gentle support? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over a million pregnancies end in miscarriages or stillbirths each year.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month has become a safe space for those grieving a loss and others trying to understand and comfort.

This October, discover ways to communicate gently and sensitively to grieving parents and anyone suffering the loss of an infant. There are activities and community resources available and closer than you think.

The History

Timeline

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2016

50 states celebrate National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
Spearheaded by Robyn Bear’s group, “Remembering Our Babies,” all 50 states have proclamations honoring National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 15.
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2006

The House passed the resolution

The U.S House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

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2003

The International Wave of Light
The International Wave of Light turned into an initiative as part of the campaign supporting National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. People lit candles honoring babies who died — and their families — at exactly 7 pm in all time zones.
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2002

The movement began
Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown and Tammy Novak came together as grieving mothers to strategize on how to secure proclamations of support from every state.
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1998

​President Reagan joined the cause
Reagan designated National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month an annual event taking place each October.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month – October 2020 1 - Kennedys Angel Gowns
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month – October 2020 2 - Kennedys Angel Gowns

Remembering our Angel Babies

How to Observe

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month – October 2020 3 - Kennedys Angel Gowns
  • Participate in or volunteer for our events.
  • Walk, jog, or run in the 5K Angel Run held in October.
  • Participate in other events held in remembrance of all babies lost too soon.
  • Keep a pink or blue candle burning on the window sill at night. Candlelight vigils are a beautiful experience to honor and remember.
  • Share this page and our social or blog posts with friends and family. Help get the word out about National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month with your neighborhood too.
  • Pink and blue ribbons tied on your porch or trees in the yard are quick and easy.

Location

The subject of pregnancy and infant loss awareness is not observed in many non-English speaking countries.

Support

There are groups to help parents grieve. We will help you get connected.

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Certificate

Most states will not issue a birth certificate for early infant death, miscarriage, or stillbirth.

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Miscarriage

Even with today’s technology and science, 1 out of 4 women has a miscarriage.

National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

WHy it is Important?

Communication

Telling a grieving parent that the baby’s death is “God’s will” or “you can get pregnant again” can unwittingly sound insensitive. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month provides resources and teaching tools to help people understand the grief process. More importantly, it guides other family members and supporters through the communication skills that can offer comfort to parents after the devastating loss of a child.

Family

Babies die from stillbirths, miscarriages, and SIDS, among other tragedies. Even though the child died in the womb or shortly after birth, the parents may have named and already bonded with the baby. It is not easy to “just get over it.” Parents must learn to live with their loss. Supporters must be sensitive to the trauma by understanding that the baby already had a place in the family.

Time to Say Goodbye

When an infant dies at a local hospital, they may not be equipped with a device to keep the baby cool for an extended time. This type of device gives a family the only time they will ever spend with their baby. Awareness helps Kennedy’s Angel Gowns raise funds to donate devices to local hospitals.

Special Interview Series

Brave Through Grief

Many mothers say they wouldn’t wish pregnancy and infant loss on their worst enemy. Learning from them brings awareness and helps us know how to walk alongside a family who experiences it. Join Heather Wilson, founder of Kennedy’s Angel Gowns, and the women who were brave through grief and ready to share their stories of loss. Please share these videos to help others understand pregnancy and infant loss.

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