Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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In all 50 states in the US, October 15 is recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This has been spreading around the world also.


In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan ProclaimedOctober as National Pregnancy and Infant LossAwareness Month. “When a child loses his parent, theyare called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or hispartner, they are called a widow or widower. Whenparents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describethem. This month recognizes the loss so many parentsexperience across the United States and around theworld. It is also meant to inform and provide resourcesfor parents who have lost children due to miscarriage,ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birthdefects, SIDS, and other causes.”


On October 15 at 7 PM in your time zone, you can participate by lighting a candle and leaving it lit for one hour. 


What a great way for those who have experience loss to come together! Many of you know about my story in losing a baby: Miscarriage and Stillbirth


Here are some resources for you for more information on this day. 


The founder’s website:


The Facebook page:




and a YouTube video:



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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Dana Trentini
    October 10, 2012 / 10:22 PM

    I will be lighting a candle at 7:00PM on Monday October 15th in memory of the baby I lost at 12 weeks pregnancy in early 2009 to hypothyroidism. I trusted my doctors as the experts and never doubted they would know everything there was to know about an underactive thyroid during pregnancy. This was the greatest regret of my life. The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million people, mainly women, worldwide suffering from thyroid dysfunction, yet over half are unaware of their condition. The scientific research clearly links hypothyroidism to miscarriage and still birth, yet the lack of awareness is pervasive. The day I miscarried my baby I vowed to research everything there was to know about this disease and warn other women. I fulfilled my vow on Monday October 1st when I launched my blog Hypothyroid Mom intentionally on the first day of Miscarriage Awareness Month in memory of the child I lost to hypothyroidism and in dedication to my 2 boys who beat the odds and made it to the world.

    • Plowmanators
      October 11, 2012 / 8:38 PM

      Thank you for sharing that! Do you have a link to your blog?

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