Among many other notable and worthy causes, October is the month designated for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness. The statistics on pregnancies that end in stillbirth, miscarriage or death before one year of age are staggering. One in four women has experienced this kind of loss.
ONE IN FOUR.
Every person, regardless if you are the parent, grand parent, aunt/uncle or child care provider, that cares for an infant has daily opportunities to help reduce this staggering statistic in regards to sleep related deaths, both unexpected and accidental. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ risk recommendations have proven to reduce SIDS deaths and may prevent accidental sleep related deaths.
To view the full text and a full listing of the AAP’s 19 Risk Reduction recommendations, click here.
You are invited to join in the International Wave of Light. On October 15th, families across the country will be lighting a candle in remembrance of a baby lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS or other infant death. The Wave of Light begins at 7 p.m. in each respective time zone and lasts for at least one hour. The purpose is to celebrate the life of their special baby while raising public awareness and recognition of pregnancy loss and infant death.
“What we have enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” -Helen Keller
Related links for safe sleep education and infant loss resources:
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