October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

October 1 began Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. I didn’t even know this existed until I lost Diana. Below is some info about how this got started:

 

On October 25, 1988, American President Ronald Reagan designated the entire month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.[1]

October 15 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Campaign began in 2002 as an American movement started by Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak. Together, they petitioned the federal government, as well as the governors of each of the 50 states, in conjunction with the first observation of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in October 15, 2002, 20 states signed proclamations recognizing the date as such. As a result of the American campaign effort, Concurrent Resolution 222, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day was passed in the House of Representatives on September 28, 2006.[2]

As of 2016, all 50 American states have yearly proclamations, with Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and South Dakota adopting permanent proclamations.

On October 15th, there will be a wave of light starting at 7 pm, which invites baby loss families, friends and loved ones from around the world to join in honor and remembrance of their loved and longed for babies on October 15 at 7:00 pm in all time zones.

Oddly enough, Oct 15th of last year was the day we conceived Diana.

 

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