Being aware of pregnancy and infant loss

Pregnancy and infant loss are not often discussed in the public arena. Rather, those stories are often confined to doctor offices, funeral services and prayer groups.

That’s part of the reason President Ronald Reagan identified October as national Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month in 1988.

“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them,” his proclamation read 26 years ago.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 24,000 babies died in their first year in 2011. In fact, the United States has a higher infant mortality rate than 27 developed countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

Read more in the Oct. 23 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

 

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