October 15th......Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day throughout the US. It is a special day, a day to remember, a day to reflect...and a day to know that every other woman, couple, family and friend who has had to endure such an event is honoring it right along with you.
However, this year is a special year because this year has another purpose as well. Ever hear of H.R. 5979? H.R. 5979 is the Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act....best written by antigone:
"More than 25,000 children are stillborn in the United States every year leaving mothers, entire families and communities devastated. Estimates of the rate of occurrence of stillbirth make it at least as common as autism.
Stillbirth is not an intractable problem. Greater research would likely significantly reduce its incidence, but good research requires good data. H.R. 5979: Stillbirth Awareness and Research Act is under consideration by Congress. This proposed bill would standardize stillbirth investigation and diagnosis, thus providing more data for the needed research. Better research means fewer children born still.
On October 15th, remember the thousands of unfinished children lost and the families who remain to grieve them. Honor them by taking action. Let's help pass H.R. 5979."
Today is important. THIS is important.