October 2017: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
DJ and Annie Horton share how losing their son, Isaiah, born prematurely at 21 weeks, has motivated them to spread awareness and support other families who have suffered the loss of a baby. As the Chapter Coordinator at Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Annie draws from her own experience to honor Isaiah each day through her work.
AWARENESS MONTH EVENT CALENDAR
Guest Speaker for Bereaved Parent Support Group: Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00
Location: National Share office
Wave of Light: Sunday, October 15th, 6:30 pm
Location: National Share office
16th Annual Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope: Saturday, October 21st at 10:00 am
Location: Frontier Park in St. Charles, MO
Open House at National Share Office: Wednesday, October 25th from 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: National Share Office
Grandparents Event: Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00 pm
Location: St. John’s United Church of Christ
1 IN 4 PREGNANCIES ENDS IN LOSS
AWARENESS In 1988, President Ronald Regan proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month [Proclamation 5890]. Tragically approximately a million pregnancies yearly in the United States end in early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. In October, Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support will host several events to honor and remember all of the sweet babies that have gone far too soon. These events include the Wave of Light Remembrance Service, and the annual Share Walk for Remembrance & Hope in St. Louis, MO, along with several chapter walks across the nation. The loss of a child stays with parents, friends, and family members forever, but it can be challenging for others to truly understand the emotional and physical impact. Events across the country take place each October and help people to better empathize and support parents on their journey to hope.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month 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. Early Pregnancy Loss. Stillbirth. Infant Loss. Sadly, these are deeply painful experiences that many families face daily, but they receive little attention. It may be hard to talk about, but the more open we are, the better we can serve bereaved parents. Early pregnancy loss is the most common type of loss. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), studies reveal that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in early pregnancy loss. When fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it is called stillbirth. These tragic deaths occur in about 1 in 160 pregnancies.
Millions of mothers and fathers do not know where to turn for grieving support after losing a child. Bereaved families long for ways to honor their deceased babies and October is nationally-recognized as Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. While child loss may be a more common occurrence than people think, there are still far too many families that face the devastating moments alone, desperate for support before, during or after the loss of a baby. Who is there to help? Who is there to offer support?