October 1st

Friday, November 4, 2011

October 1st came and went this year and while I never mentioned anything on the blog, it was a sad day. October 1st marked one year since I lost our first little one by miscarriage and coincidently, it marked the beginning of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

While life has moved on and things have changed so much for Jason and I, what we experienced has forever changed us and our relationship. It made our marriage stronger. It made be take a hard look at myself, my habits, my health, my priorities. It made me love my husband more than I already did. It made me realize that I long for a baby more than I ever thought I could. While it still deeply saddens me, I have slowly been able to see the blessings in disguise and I am thankful for each of them. It really is funny how such wonderful things can come from so much pain.

"When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in it's place"
-C.S. Lewis


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of the newborn child. National observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members on work to prevent causes of these problems.

Health care professionals recognize that trends of recent years, such as smaller family size and postponement of childbearing, adds another dimension of poignancy to the grief of parents who have lost infants. More than 700 local, national and international support groups are supplying programs and strategies designed to help parents cope with their loss. Parents who have suffered their own losses, health care professionals and specially trained hospital staff members are helping newly bereaved parents deal constructively with loss...

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 314, has designated the month of October, as "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month" and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this month.

NOW, THEREFORE, I RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.

Ronald Reagan
Former President
United States of America

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