Today, October 15th, is recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes but is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. Remembrances are held in many Western countries with candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles at 7:00 p.m.
In some ways, having a day to reflect on and remember the loss of life that results from miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn is a profound way for families to remember the loved ones they lost far too soon. Discussion of these losses on social media help families connect and help to bring awareness to the suffering so that those who have lost their precious little ones know they’re not suffering alone.
For those currently pursuing fertility treatment, the day can be especially difficult when there’s no happy ending assured. Often, women share stories like, “I had four miscarriages and then two beautiful, perfect kids!” But when you’re not sure you’ll ever reach the happily-ever-after phase on the other side of the pain, the loss is doubly hurtful.
And for the woman who hasn’t ever been pregnant at all, she may feel excluded even from the sadness of pregnancy loss.
At Viera Fertility Center, we recognize each family’s journey as unique. We meet you in your unique struggle with every tool in the arsenal of fertility medicine. We want to help you achieve the family of your dreams, and we know that with persistence and time, you are likely to realize your family’s dreams.
On this Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the suffering many families face before beginning fertility treatment. And we celebrate with you that the journey is not yet over!