Here are some stats for you:
- 90,000 children die annually in the United States before their first birthday.
- Nearly 2,500 babies are lost/year in the United States due to S.I.D.S.
- Nearly 30,000 babies a year are born stillborn. The number of stillbirths that occur worldwide jumps to more than 4.5 million/year.
- More babies die as a result of stillbirth than all other causes of infant death combined.
- Stillbirth occurs ten times more frequently than S.I.D.S.
- 15-20% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage each year.
- The average cost to bury a child is $10,000. Yet the average household income in the United States is just over $50,000/year.
Somewhere around 1 in 6 women experience miscarriage. That number is crazy. 1 in 8 women get Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Maybe that puts that number into perspective. That is a huge number. So chances are that miscarriage and infant loss touches everyone in some way at some point in their life. Luckily, miscarriage is most commonly a one time event and most women that miscarry can go on to have healthy pregnancies. (Fingers crossed!)
In 1988, President Reagan deemed October 15th as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance (Awareness) Day. I always considered him to be my favorite President, go Reagan! I never thought I’d be
celebrating honoring this day but I just wanted to let all of my friends (blog life and real life) know that I am thinking of them today and hurting with them today and everyday. Maybe you have never shared your story, but I promise you there are people out there that truly care.