October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and today, October 15th is National Day of Remembrance. I would like to remember my baby by talking about infant loss.
It seems like no one ever talks about it. After I had my miscarriage I learned that some other people I know have suffered a miscarriage as well and I had no idea, because they never talked about it. Not too many people in real life know that I have had one either. I don't talk about it either, unless it comes up. It really does need to be talked about tho.
One out of every four women will experience the loss of a baby at some point in their lives. That's 25% of women.
- 25-50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage (pregnancy.org).
- Stillbirths (the death of a baby after 20 weeks gestation) occur in one in every 160 pregnancies–about 60 stillborn babies every single day (March of Dimes).
- Each year, in the US alone, about 20,000 babies die in their first month of life, many after being born prematurely (March of Dimes).
- SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants ages 1 month to 1 year.
- Almost 100% of miscarriages could not have been prevented, with the majority being caused by chromosomal abnormalities.
- 25% of Stillbirths are caused by placental problems; 15% are caused by an infection; 2-4% are caused by umbilical cord problems, and 50% have no known cause of death whatsoever. While there are risk factors to be aware of (smoking, for instance), the overwhelming majority of stillbirths are completely out of the mother’s control.
- “Baby loss” does not discriminate. Often, it’s young, perfectly healthy women who experience the loss of a baby.
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