October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.
You all – losing a baby is absolutely heartwrenching. It can be so isolating when you feel like you’re the only one running through the dark. But the truth is – it happens to so many. 1 in 4 women will experience pregnancy loss and the infant mortality rate is 6 in 1,000 here in the US.
Let me be very clear –
Pregnancy loss isn’t “just” a miscarriage. It includes babies born still, babies who pass during birth, babies who may very well have lived for 20 or even 40 weeks before they passed. No matter the age. No matter the gestation. They are someone’s much-loved baby. They are a life cut short and a loss that cuts deep. These women should not have to sit alone on their bathroom floors and weep in silence because their loss makes others uncomfortable. Because it’s not normal to talk about this kind of loss. People don’t talk about it because they think it can’t happen to them. Then it happens. And you’re left alone. You can’t talk about it because it’s not “normal.” Let’s open that door to the isolating, dark place so many women find themselves in. Let’s let some light and fresh air in. Let them talk about their babies so they don’t suffer in silence. Because they are not alone.
Please, if you know someone who has suffered a loss – reach out. Tell them you remember and you are there for them. If you have endured a loss – my heart is with yours. I would love to hear who you are missing (even if all you have is a date to remember them by).
Speak their names.
I have two sweet babies that I lost to miscarriage 5-29-13 & 11-6-13.
And of course, my precious son Silas Edison <3
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