NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY – October 15

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day October 15

NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed annually in the United States on October 15.  It is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, still birth, SIDS or the death of a newborn.

Each year this day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed on October 15 in Canada and in recent years the United Kingdom, Western Australia, New South Wales and Italy.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #PregnancyAndInfantLossRemembranceDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

On October 25, 1988, the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in the United States when President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

In 2002, the October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Campaign began as an American movement.   Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown and Tammy Novak petitioned the federal government as well as the governors of each of the 50 states resulting in 20 signing proclamations recognizing October 15, 2002, as the first observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD).  As a further effect of the American campaign effort, Concurrent Resolution H.Con>RES.222 supporting the goals and ideals of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day was passed in the House of Representatives on September 28, 2006.

All 50 states yearly proclaim the day with 8 states enacting permanent proclamations.  These states are Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island and South Dakota.

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