October is the month dedicated to spreading awareness about the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or at any other point in pregnancy/infancy.
1 in 4 pregnancies result in loss.
“About 1 pregnancy in 100 at 20 weeks of pregnancy and later is affected by stillbirth, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States,” according to the CDC.
CDC also states that, “In 2017, there were 3,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) in the United States. These deaths occur among infants less than 1 year old and have no immediately obvious cause.”
I want to acknowledge and honor all of the bereaved families today and everyday. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Even still, I struggle to know exactly what to say because what needs to be said is not a one-size-fits-all statement. Just know, I hold space for you and your sweet baby in my heart daily and will always.
Today, I encourage you to join me in the International Wave of Light at 7pm local time by lighting a candle in honor of the babies gone all too soon.
Star Legacy Foundation shares, “Star Legacy’s October #NeverBeStill campaign seeks to break the silence surrounding stillbirth and other pregnancy/infant losses by not only educating the public about ways to support bereaved families but also empowering expectant mothers to have a healthy pregnancy – because every pregnancy deserves a happy ending!” I highly recommend reading this post about how you can help after a family member or friend has experienced a loss.
If you have experienced a loss and could use a person to talk to or someone to help share the load, please contact me here.
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