Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness
October is pregnancy & infant loss awareness month. In 1988 President Reagan, who suffered with his wife, the stillbirth of their child 40 years beforehand, issued an ongoing Presidential proclamation for the month to be recognized annually in remembrance of pregnancy and infant loss.
While not often spoken about, each of us has either personally experienced this kind of loss or we don't have to look too far to know someone who has:
•1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss.
•Nearly 30,000 are stillborn each year.
•Neonatal death occurs in about 4 in 1,000 babies annually in the U.S.
Our community seeks to create awareness and a dedication for those who have suffered these special losses. Postpartum Wellness & Family Counseling has partnered with the Alachua County Perinatal Mental Health Coalition and Haven Hospice for the 2nd Annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss Memorial on Saturday, October 15, a free and family-friendly event:
We are honored to serve and support individuals, couples and families who have suffered loss. Loss of a child can be particularly difficult grief processes for Mom and spouse/partner (siblings) in addition to the physical changes that are still taking place in Mom's body.
Our community also has a free monthly loss support group for these families.
We are here for you and we hope to be able to partner in supporting you and your family in the emotional process of your loss.
Please consider joining the awareness efforts in our community and sharing this info with others.