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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day is a day set aside to raise awareness about the problem of pregnancy loss and infant death as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome or the death of a newborn. While it was first recognized in the United States and Canada, Australia also observes it. Pregnancy and infant loss is heartbreaking for the parents, grandparents, family and friends. Bringing an awareness to the loss is important for everyone concerned.

When is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day?

October 15th

Type of Holiday?

Awareness Holiday

How is this Day Honored?

  • Grieving parents are encouraged to light a candle at 7 p.m. in their respective time zones to create a wave of light around the world in memory of babies lost to pregnancy and infant loss. The candles are left burning for at least an hour
  • Throughout the week bereaved parents, along with family and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy
  • Bring a friend who is suffering from a loss dinner
  • Send a friend or family member flowers, letting them know you are thinking of them
  • Honor your child you lost
  • Reach out to someone who is grieving the loss of a pregnancy or child
  • Wear a reminder of the baby you lost
  • Honor their birthday
  • Attend church or synagogue


National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day Trivia/Facts:

  • In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October for pregnancy loss awareness. Since 2006, it has been proclaimed annually by all 50 states, with 8 states adopting permanent proclamations.
  • Throughout the week bereaved parents, along with family and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
  • Also known as Baby Loss Awareness Week. This week calls for tangible improvements in research, care and policy around bereavement support and highlights bereavement support and services available for anyone affected by the death of a baby at any stage.

Popular Social Media Hashtags:

#pregnancyinfantlossday #dayofremembrance

Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on October 15th:

  • Emeril Lagasse – Chef
  • Bailee Madison – American Actress
  • Vanessa Marcil – American Actress
  • Richard Carpenter – Singer

Other holidays to celebrate in October include National Pasta Day, National Sweetest Day, National Coming Out Day and many more!

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