Pregnancy and Infant Loss month
In October, 1988 President Reagan made October the National Pregnancy & Infant Loss month; and October 15th has become the day of remembrance and serves as the international "Wave of light" event. In the U.S. 15-20% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage and nearly 30,000 babies/year are born stillborn. These are large numbers and tremendously significant events in a person's life. They have major impact on factors that can negatively influence mental health outcomes. Yet- you don't often hear about these statistics. The reproductive years of a person's life present with increased stress and uncertainty; to add in an experience with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death many find themselves feeling lost and desperate.
In addition to the mental health counseling services we offer here at Postpartum Wellness & Family Counseling, LLC- here is a list of other resources that may be helpful:
First Candle offers 24/7 immediate response to grief and other support resources, visit them HERE or call their grief support line at 1-800-221-7437.
MISS Foundation offers support and resources to families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss; visit them HERE.
Baby Steps is a wonderful website with information, resources and sharing opportunities; visit them HERE.
Babies Remembered, another wonderful site filled with resources, visit HERE.
Bereaved Parents of the USA has a wealth of resources available, visit HERE.
No footprints are too small to have an impact on your life and are never forgotten. Postpartum Wellness & Family Counseling, LLC was honored to host an October 15th Remembering Our Babies event yesterday for local families at Possum Creek Park who have suffered this loss and are walking through the healing and remembrance each day. Our hope is to be a part in this event each year in Gainesville, FL. If you would like to be involved, please contact us by calling or emailing. If you are grieving a loss and would like to reach out for professional compassion in your healing process, please call or email us.
Phone: (352) 278-2538
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. SUPPORT IS NEAR.