We have lots of celebration going on here this month since we are all so very blessed to have healthy babies in (or near) October (and November). I just want to take a moment to remember that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and we do have ladies here who have been through a loss. Hopefully, one day we will know more about the various causes of such tragic losses and be able to, at least, reduce the number.
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.
Health care professionals recognize that trends of recent years, such as smaller family size and the postponement of childbearing, adds another dimension of poignance to the grief of parents who have lost infants. More than 700 local, national, and international support groups are supplying programs and strategies designed to help parents cope with their loss. Parents who have suffered their own losses, health care professionals, and specially trained hospital staff members are helping newly bereaved parents deal constructively with loss.
-Ronald Reagan (From the Rowan Tree Foundation)