Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day…

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

The October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD) Campaign began in 2002 as an American movement started by Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak. Together, they petitioned the federal government, as well as the governors of each of the 50 states, and by October 15, 2002 (the first observance of PAILRD) 20 states had signed proclamations recognizing the date as such.

As a result 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.

The International Wave of Light invites participants from around the world to light a candle in honor of PAILRD, starting at 1900 hours please light a candle today, October 15 in your respective time zones, and leave the candle burning for at least an hour. The result is a continuous chain of light spanning the globe for a 24 hour period in honor and remembrance of the children who die during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sams
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 10:40:53

    Thanks for sharing; I was unaware of PAILRD. I will definitely be lighting a candle tonight.

    Reply

  2. hopefulandhungry
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 10:50:35

    Thank you for sharing, I will light my candle.

    Reply

  3. ivfmale
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 11:20:10

    I’ll be sure to light a candle.

    Reply

  4. jessielou2000
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 13:52:43

    I will light a candle to.

    Reply

  5. expecting to be expecting
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 18:46:07

    What a strange day.

    I work in media relations/politics and I was scheduled to promote a news release for an event held today for PAILRD. (a memorial garden in our city has opened to commemorate miscarriages, still births, etc it’s a really nice idea.)

    It is my first day back to work after miscarrying my twins. No one realized the conicidence until just a little while ago and to be honest I didn’t mind handling it, I figured it would be good to get the work done by someone who actually cares about this issue.

    But still, very odd timing.

    Looking forward to lighting a candle this evening.

    Reply

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