In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Unfortunately, the President had a personal experience with infant loss during his first marriage, when his newborn died just 7 hours after delivery.
Many states have further declared October 15th as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, but remembrance and events are seen throughout this important month.
What do this mean to you? Awareness Month is a simple way to open the door to conversations about your feelings and your baby. You may feel compelled to talk to your family, friends, your community or maybe your spouse or significant other about your child who died.
Wearing a pink and blue Pregnancy Loss Awareness Ribbon during October, or anytime, is a great way to increase awareness and honor your baby. You can buy a Pregnancy Loss Awareness Pin (pictured above) by visiting:
http://search.store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/nsearch?follow-pro=2&vwcatalog=nichenet-store&query=pregnancy%20loss%20awareness&catalog=nichenet-store The pins are inexpensive and arrive in a few business days.
You can also make your own Pregnancy Loss Awareness Ribbon with pink and blue ribbon. The pins should be worn on the left-hand side just above your heart- where your baby already lives.
We run this article every October to be sure that families who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death are aware of this very important month.