Oct. 15: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Tomorrow — Saturday, October 15th — is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It’s a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death which includes but is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. It is observed annually in the United States and Canada and, in recent years, in the United Kingdom, on October 15. The day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles at 7:00 p.m.

Here are some suggestions to commemorate your baby.

• Light candles and display them in your windows.

• Tying pink or blue ribbons around trees in yards, neighborhoods, and parks.

• Plant a tree in memory of your baby.

• If you miscarry before 24 weeks gestation, there is no legal registration of your baby’s life. Ask your hospital if they could provide documentation/certificate of your baby’s birth.

• Place signs and banners in your yard, neighborhoods, and parks.

• Have a ceremony at the hospital chapel, a church, a beautiful park, at the beach or at home. Traditionally we hold memorials and funerals to remember loved ones who have died. It is just as important for parents and family to remember the baby and to have an opportunity to say goodbye.

• Most hospitals have a book of remembrance which you can ask to have your baby included in.

• Write a letter or poem for your baby.

• Select your favorite charity and offer a donation in your baby’s honor.

Other ideas to increase awareness about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day:

  • Contact your local radio stations and television news stations to have them announce that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
  • Write an article and submit it to your local newspapers.
  • Sponsor flowers in memory of your baby in a church service or hospital.
  • Drive with your headlights on. Also, ask that radio and news stations announce this as well.
  • Sponsor a candle lighting ceremony in a park, church, or local hospital.

Official website for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day:  www.october15th.com

New Book helps families cope with grief:
Infertility Journeys, Finding Your Happy Ending helps families cope with the grief of pregnancy loss. Chapter six offers steps to help women and men deal with the shock, pain, depression, anger, bitterness and questions that arise when experiencing such a profound loss. The book is available on www.Amazon.com.

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Lesley Vance is the author of Infertility Journeys, Finding Your Happy Ending.
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  • Dana Trentini
    October 10, 2012

    I will be lighting a candle at 7:00PM on Monday October 15th in memory of the baby I lost at 12 weeks pregnancy in early 2009 to hypothyroidism. I trusted my doctors as the experts and never doubted they would know everything there was to know about an underactive thyroid during pregnancy. This was the greatest regret of my life. The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million people, mainly women, worldwide suffering from thyroid dysfunction, yet over half are unaware of their condition. The scientific research clearly links hypothyroidism to miscarriage, still birth and infertility, yet the lack of awareness is pervasive. The day I miscarried my baby I vowed to research everything there was to know about this disease and warn other women. I fulfilled my vow on Monday October 1st when I launched my blog Hypothyroid Mom intentionally on the first day of Miscarriage Awareness Month in memory of the child I lost to hypothyroidism and in dedication to my 2 boys who beat the odds and made it to the world.

    • lesley
      November 19, 2012

      Dana, your blog is so very important in helping spread the word about hypothyroidism. Thank you for sharing so much valuable information!!

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