Providing hope during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
As the leaves begin to change color and fall to the ground in October, many people think about pumpkin-picking and Halloween festivities. However, this month is about more than that. As Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, it’s also a time to remember the precious babies that are no longer with us.
Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility center team also takes time in October to raise awareness about topics like recurrent pregnancy loss and to provide hope to those who have lost a child during pregnancy or infancy.
What is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month?
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared that October should be a month to acknowledge the grief of families who have lost their babies and to remember the beauty of those babies’ lives. Not only is October a time to remember and reflect, this month has also become a time to raise awareness and seek support.
Too many parents feel alone as they suffer in silence after losing a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS or any other cause during pregnancy or infancy. However, you aren’t alone if you have lost a child in this way. In fact, 1 in 4 women will lose a baby during pregnancy, delivery or infancy. By participating in Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we do more than gain support. We also shine a light on this issue, which can lead to new treatments and solutions.
How to take action and find hope
There are so many ways to get involved with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. For example, you can light a candle on October 15 at 7 pm local time to help create an international wave of light in honor of World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Some other great ways to participate during this month include writing a tribute to one of the babies who was gone too soon, supporting loved ones who are grieving, raising awareness using social media and asking your elected officials to support legislation to prevent pregnancy and infant loss.
If you have experienced issues like recurrent pregnancy loss, our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility center wants you to know there is hope. As many as 60-80% of women who have experienced multiple miscarriages are able to carry a pregnancy to full term and welcome a baby. Getting the right diagnosis and fertility treatment often helps make this possible.
Contact us to schedule an appointment if you would like to learn more about overcoming pregnancy loss. Our team is here to hold your hand on the path to parenthood.