- 500,000 babies are lost to miscarriage each year
- Approximately 25,000 babies are stillborn each year in the U.S., according to the March of Dimes and 19,000 babies die within the 1st month of life.
- SIDS claims the lives over over 7,000 babies each year nationally
Friday, October 15, 2010
Light your candles!
Today is pregnancy and infant loss awareness day. Although I am sad that a day need exist, I am glad it does. I had become more aware of how common miscarriages were after we lost our 3rd baby at 8 weeks, however, I was still very unaware of how often moms and dads had to bury their new bundles of joy until I now find myself preparing to do the same. I spent some time looking at the numbers and found that:
There are so many affected by the loss of their baby. If you are one of these people, I encourage you to share your story in a comment below - and I invite the people reading to take a moment and pray for the ones who have courageously shared their stories.
Also, as the http://www.october15th.com/ site has announced, you are invited to light a candle on October 15th at 7pm in your time zone to create a wave of light in remembrance of the child/children you have lost. or in honor of someone else who has lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
Thank you for your stories, prayers and for participating in this event to bring hope to healing hearts.