October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. Since 1988, when President Ronald Reagan recognized it, October has been a time for people to remember the babies they have lost and rally for better treatment of mothers and infants.
In his proclamation, President Reagan said,
“Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. National observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, 1988, offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members and work to prevent causes of these problems.”
Furthermore, it’s a great time to share statistics to help mothers experiencing pregnancy or infant loss that they are not alone. Many times miscarriage is not talked about. People tell you not to announce a pregnancy till the second trimester. Sometimes that leaves people feeling very alone if they miscarry during the first trimester, when most miscarriages occur. Part of the advocacy of this month is raising awareness of how common pregnancy and infant loss are. During this month, resources are shared for people experiencing this.