October 15th marks International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a day none of us, especially parents awaiting the birth of their child ever want to think about.
According to the The National Institute of Health “of the 4 million births a year in the United States, there are 26,000 stillbirths; meaning one in every 160 births results in a stillborn.” In 2009, five mothers in Des Moines, Iowa who had each lost a daughter to stillbirth or infant death, launched a statewide public health campaign in Iowa called “Count The Kicks”. They had heard that stillbirth rates had dropped dramatically in Norway after the country had launched a public health campaign on kick counting and decided to launch a similar public health campaign to bring awareness and make a difference.
Although I’m not a parent, today I’m posting this in honor of my cousin who was to be born around Christmas of last year. Although we never met, he or she was a blessing to our family, just like the countless babies who are lost throughout the world are to their parents, siblings and extended families.
If you are an expectant parent, know someone who is or you would like more information, please visit: CountTheKicks.org.
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