Loss Awareness Month

Pregnancy and infant losses occur more often than you might think. Consider the following:

  • Each year, Close to 1 million families are faced with the tragedy of pregnancy and infant loss.

  • One of every 100 births ends with a stillborn baby and almost 1 of every 100 births results in a baby that dies during the first 28 days of life (not including SIDS which occurs 2 per 100).

  • Approximately 15-25% of all documented conceptions end in miscarriage.

  • It is estimated that up to 50% of all conceptions end in miscarriage.

  • Chances are, we all know someone who has been down this road and have not known what to do or say for grieving parents.

Pregnancy and infant losses are two of the most misunderstood occurrences in life. Those outside the family often view it as an unfortunate, but minor, non-event. Not everyone understands the emotional investment parents put into their unborn children, in some cases even before that child is conceived. The hopes, dreams, plans, love and anticipation are real, even if the child has yet to be seen.

Families who suffer this tragedy need sensitive caregivers, understanding friends and supportive family members.

Therefore, awareness and education are important. A supportive environment can make all the difference in how parents incorporate this loss, this precious child, into their lives in a healthy manner.

Every life is special and every life should be remembered… even the smallest life.