I know that we have members on this board who have suffered the tragic and heartbreaking loss of pregnancy. I just wanted to take a moment to post this thread to help spread awareness of how much a loss can affect a family. My mother lost three newborn children to unknown causes and the loss has affected my whole family all our lives and I know my mother still aches for those children.
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)
Please feel free to share your story here if you wish to help spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss awareness. Certainly, you are not in anyway obligated to do so. My own heart goes out to all those who have been through such a loss.