Since 2019 Bothwell Regional Health Center’s Women’s Health and Newborn Care staff have organized a local event to mark National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This year’s event will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, outside on the southeast side of the Bothwell Education Center at 600 E. 14th Street in Sedalia. The public is invited to attend.
Pregnancy loss includes miscarriage and stillbirth, along with sudden infant death syndrome. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control indicates that about 1 in 100 pregnancies ends in miscarriage and each year more than 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States.
This year’s event will include remarks from Certified Nurse Midwife Tracey Arwood with Bothwell OB/GYN Associates and the lilac tree planted at the first event in 2019 will be lit. Attendees may light candles in honor and remembrance of their loss. Refreshments will be served.
“Peace. Love. Remembrance.” T-shirts are available for purchase by Sept. 9 at brhcfoundation.ejoinme.org/PILRD2022. T-shirts also will be available for purchase at the event, and proceeds help fund remembrance day activities.
October was named National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. In 2006, Oct. 15 was declared a specific day of recognition following efforts by a group of miscarriage awareness activists led by Robyn Bear, who had six miscarriages of her own from 1997-1999.