NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS AWARENESS DAY 2017

The saddest experience a mother can have is losing the life her child.  On National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day or Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is a day of reflection and aid for all grieving mothers who were not able to see and feel how it is to raise children due to very tragic events.

When is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day 2017?

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day 2017 is on SundayOctober 15, 2017.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is celebrated once a year on October 15.

How did Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day begin?

The campaign started in 2002 and was initiated by Robyn Bear along with her friends.  It was former President Ronald Reagan declared October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  And the movement started since then.

What will people do on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day?

The activities on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day are always candlelight vigils, especially in Christian countries religious services are observed as a tribute for these babies.  There are ceremonies remembering how important their short stay on earth was to their loved ones.

She is Not Alone

When a woman initially discovers her pregnancy, she still has mixed feelings about it.  But in time, as the pregnancy progresses and she undergoes all the physical changes and more often, the inconveniences, she accepts then everything.

She knows that within the 9 month period, a tiny being will be born and she will have the responsibility to take care of this beautiful creature who will call her “mother.”

But the acceptance does not begin with the woman herself.  She needs support from her husband, the rest of her family and her health care providers.  Because it is from this support that she gains wisdom, courage and strength to face any challenges that may happen during her pregnancy.

Unfortunately, even with much care and attention, there are uncontrollable circumstances that may arrive that will lead to the end of her pregnancy.  Or perhaps the woman was able to deliver her baby but the infant did not survive.  Or the baby only lived for a few months.  Or the child was murdered.

Ironically, with the loss of her child, whom she already began to accept or even dote on, she needs to accept again that her child is gone forever.  But the duration of her grieving process depends on her inner will; because some women think they cannot also live anymore without their child, they become depressed and may also try to end their lives.

This where the role of her family and healthcare providers come in.  They need to make her understand what happened and divert her attention towards her future.  She needs to live on for her baby because there are others who need her care, especially if she has other older children.  The loss of her pregnancy or baby is never her fault.  As long as she knew she followed all that she had to do as instructed by her healthcare providers.  And she did her best to guarantee the safety of her child.

But what if there is not enough support like inadequate medical care for example in some developing countries.  There is no access to education on the importance of pre and post natal care, family planning even childcare.  This issue has been happening since time immemorial.  How can it be solved?

This is the main cause being fought by the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness movement.  They are encouraging all countries to help each other in the battle against maternal and infant mortality.

When is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day 2018?

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day 2018 is on Monday, October 15, 2018.

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