October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, and today, October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day.
In 2007, Congressman Tom Latham of Iowa introduced a House Resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15th, and called on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation encouraging the American people to honor this special day of remembrance.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day ceremonies and candlelight vigils are held across the globe during the month of October, including the "International Wave of Light" when candles are lit starting at 7pm on October 15th in each time zone and remain lit for at least an hour resulting in continuous candlelight for 24 hours.
You can read about our story here.
In recent studies, it is estimated that nearly 10% of clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage; with 80% of those ending in the first trimester. 3 in 1,000 pregnancies will end in still-birth; a time defined as after the 20 week mark.
Currently, there are no medications or treatments to prevent miscarriages.
We may not have ever seen our first child face to face, but the love we had for him or her was greater than anything we had ever experienced. A piece of my heart will always be with our perfect angel.
We don't know yet how our story will unfold, but our loss will always be the beginning chapters.
Stephen and I have chosen to participate in a local program funded through our hospital's charitable organization. You can read more about how to give to Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation's Angel Garden program here. We hope that our contributions will help other families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss heal and provide an avenue of remembrance of these precious children.
Please take a moment to read about The Foundation's Angel Garden program,and if able, please consider joining us and contributing to this fund.
Also, pray for these families. I can only speak for us, but prayer was our biggest comfort during our loss and still today. It's a difficult time. You feel helpless. You just don't understand. BUT our Heavenly Father has a far greater plan. One day, we'll understand.
Our hope and our strength come from above.
"Trust in Him at all times. Pour out your hear to Him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:8