Monday, October 1, 2012

National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

On October 25, 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that October would be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  In this proclamation, Reagan stated:

"Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. National observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, 1988, offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members and work to prevent causes of these problems."

That number is staggering.  The weight of those losses is mind-boggling.  Across the country and around the world, so many women have suffered the loss of a pregnancy or newborn and are thrust into the unknown world of the bereaved parent.  I am sure that many women choose to remain silent about their losses for one reason or another, while others suffer tremendously under the weight of their loss or losses because they long to find support and just can't seem to find it.  Many, however, have been more outspoken about their losses, have joined support groups, or have in some way been a voice in the community about pregnancy and infant loss awareness.

This month, Salena {from A Little Piece of Me} and I are joining together to bring awareness in this blogging community about pregnancy and infant loss awareness.  On September 28, 2006, a bill was passed which declared October 15th to be National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  So this October 15th, Salena and I will be hosting a very special link up.  We want people to know that they are not alone in their losses.  We want to use this link up as a way for us to share our stories of loss, no matter how recent or how many.  Whether your loss is new or you have been on a journey of healing for some time, we welcome you to join in our link up.  We want to provide a place to share your stories because you just never know when something you share might have a profound impact on someone who is traveling a similar journey.

Feel free to grab the button below so that we can spread the news about this upcoming link up!  Please be sure to come back on the 15th so we can share our stories and be a support and encouragement to one another!

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