Did you know that
....670,000 pregnancies miscarry each year
....15%-20% of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage
....Most miscarriages happen within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
That's a pretty high number. Too high!
Did you also know that in 1988 President Ronald Regan proclaimed October to be National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month? .... that is OK if you didn't. I didn't either until just a few days ago. You can read about the proclamation here.
It has since been narrowed down a little more. October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. Some of you may has why would there be a day for that?? As one website states, "Because every life, even the tiniest and shortest lived deserves to be remembered". To see more information about October 15 you can go here.
So this year on October 15th at 7:00pm I will be taking part in the Wave of Life. I will light a candle and let it burn for 1 hour. If everyone did this at 7pm in their time zone there will be a constant wave of light all over the world on October 15th for all those Angel Babies.
There will also be walks all over the county through the next few weeks. The Atlanta Walk to Remember is on October 18th. This year is the 5th Annual and I had no clue something like this had been going on. Its amazing how much you learn when things hit home. Sadly, Chris has two angel babies. His first, a little girl that was born at 21 weeks and then he had to go through it all over again just a few months ago when we lost one at 13 weeks.
I posted the link to the Atlanta walk above but there are walks all over the country. You can find one in your state by going here.
So if you are not busy at 7pm on the 15th sit down and light a candle for all those "littlest angels" out there. If you are busy, take a moment during the day to say a prayer and think about all those babies, (or would be now children, teens, adults) that should be laying in their cribs, beds, watching movies, out with their dates, etc. but are not.