National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - October 15
Sat, Oct 15, 2022

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day for all grieving parents. Women and men whose child has died due to a miscarriage or other cause use the national day as a day of remembrance. The mission of the day is to break the cultural and social taboos about talking about losing children so that people share their experiences and pour out their own pain.

History

In 1988, October was chosen by the US Congress as Pregnancy and Infant Death Awareness Month. After 13 years, 3 miscarriage awareness activists started a petition to make National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day official on October 15th. In 2006, the US House of Representatives approved this idea.

In the United Kingdom, a similar day has also been celebrated on October 15 since 2002. Since 2003, Lost Babies Awareness Week has been organized in the UK. In Canada, this holiday is not observed in every province. In Australia, the event has become official since 2021.

Interesting facts

  • On October 15, since 2003, people all over the world have been lighting candles, highlighting monuments and turning on other illuminations as a tribute to the memory of their lost children;
  • the official colors of this national day are blue and pink: activists and supporters wear brooches, ribbons and badges with this color combination on their clothes to show support;
  • according to official statistics, over 17% of all pregnancies end in miscarriages.

How to celebrate

On this national day, you can read the stories of women who have lost their child in a miscarriage. For example, popular singer Lily Allen said that in 2010 she lost her baby six months pregnant. Meghan Markle also had a miscarriage in November 2020. And even Michelle Obama, in her memoirs, said that she had a miscarriage. The most important thing for women who have lost their child to understand is that they are not alone in their grief.

When is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day celebrated in 2022?

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed on October 15 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 15 2022
Sunday October 15 2023
Tuesday October 15 2024
Wednesday October 15 2025
Thursday October 15 2026

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