914 Shares
914 Shares
October

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month – October 2021

What can you say to a grieving parent after the loss of their baby? How can you give gentle support? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over a million pregnancies end in miscarriages or stillbirths each year.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month has become a safe space for those grieving a loss and others trying to understand and comfort. This October, discover ways to communicate gently and sensitively to grieving parents and anyone suffering the loss of an infant. There are activities and community resources available and closer than you think.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month timeline

​2016
​50 states celebrate National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Spearheaded by Robyn Bear's group, "Remembering Our Babies," all 50 states have proclamations honoring National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 15.

​2006
The House passed the resolution

The U.S House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

​2003
The International Wave of Light

​The International Wave of Light turned into an initiative as part of the campaign supporting National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. People lit candles honoring babies who died — and their families — at exactly 7PM in all time zones.

​2002
The movement began

​Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown and Tammy Novak came together as grieving mothers to strategize on how to secure proclamations of support from every state.

​1988
​President Reagan joined the cause

Reagan designated National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month an annual event taking place each October.

How to Observe National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

  1. Light candles

    Every night in October, light pink and blue candles and place them in your windows. Some communities do candlelight vigils at churches or in parks. The glow of candlelight at night is a beautiful way to remember and honor.

  2. Develop a PR campaign

    October can be a tough month to squeeze in yet another remembrance event. Coordinate with friends and family to develop a press kit and strategies to get the word out about National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Start small with a neighborhood publication and spread out from there. It's a worthy cause.

  3. Tie ribbons around trees

    Assemble your nearest and dearest and scout out trees in neighborhoods and in local parks. Tie pink and blue ribbons as a remembrance. Pass flyers out nearby spelling out why the event is important. Make everything beautiful for the babies.

4 Things To Know About ​pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness

  1. ​It's not celebrated everywhere

    ​Whether you honor it as as day or an entire month, the subject of pregnancy and infant loss awareness is not observed in many non-English speaking countries.

  2. There are many places to find support

    ​There are a variety of groups to help parents grieve — including "Currently Pregnant After a Loss," Trying to Conceive After A Loss," and "Living Children Before and After a Loss."

  3. ​Miscarriages are prevalent

    ​It's shocking to think that with all the available technology, one in four women will miscarry.

  4. Australia lets parents hold funerals

    ​Australia allows parents to hold funerals or memorial services for babies born under 20 weeks old.

Why National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month is Important

  1. A grieving mom started a movement

    After Robyn Bear had six miscarriages, she realized her support system could not fully understand her loss. Eventually, Robyn teamed up with two other women to get proclamations signed supporting a day of remembrance for deceased babies and their grieving parents. The action turned into a political movement.

  2. It helps supporters communicate sensitively

    Telling a grieving parent that the baby's death is "God's will" can unwittingly sound insensitive. National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month provides resources and teaching tools to help people understand the grief process. More importantly, it guides other family members and supporters through the communication skills that can offer comfort to parents after the devastating loss of a child.

  3. The infant is still the family's baby

    Babies die from stillbirths, miscarriages, and SIDS, among other tragedies. Even though the child died in the womb or shortly after birth, the parents may have named and already bonded with the baby. It is not easy to "just get over it." Parents must learn to live with their loss. Supporters must be sensitive to the trauma by understanding that the baby already had a place in the family.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month dates

YearDateDay
2021October 1Friday
2022October 1Saturday
2023October 1Sunday
2024October 1Tuesday
2025October 1Wednesday
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
AIDS Awareness Month
American Cheese Month
Blindness Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Emotional Wellness Month
Fair Trade Month
German-American Heritage Month
​Global Diversity Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
Healthy Lung Month
​Italian-American Heritage Month
LGBTQ+ History Month
National ADHD Awareness Month
National Book Month
​National Bullying Prevention Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Chiropractic Month
National Critical Illness Awareness Month
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - October
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
National Dessert Month
​National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Ergonomics Month
National Liver Awareness Month
National Non-GMO Month
National Pasta Month
National Pescatarian Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Month
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
National Pretzel Month
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Sausage Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Vegetarian Month
World Menopause Month
Chinese National Day
International Coffee Day
​International Day of Older Persons
National Black Dog Day
National Fire Pup Day
National Hair Day
National Homemade Cookies Day
National Poetry Day
World Smile Day
World Vegetarian Day
Fungal Disease Awareness Week

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.