Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. 

“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month [October] recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.”  
-President Ronald Reagan, 1988

In August of last year, Brad and I went through the hardest thing that either of us have experienced to date when we lost our first baby at 8 weeks. I shared our experience in this post. I still think about him/her often and wonder if it was a boy or a girl and imagine what it would be like to have a 7 month old right now. Although it makes me sad to think about, I am constantly amazed at how God took our pain and somehow turned it into a blessing in so many other areas, including our marriage. It brought us even closer as a couple and has opened the door for us to be there for others that have gone through a miscarriage. 

Words cannot describe how grateful I am to be  pregnant again (30 weeks 3 days today) with a healthy baby. I have been a nervous wreck the second time around, but ultimately am trusting God with his plan for us and our baby girl. I have shared this post before, but wanted to share it again for anyone else who it might help, because it truly put things into perspective for me as we await the arrival of Berkley Sue. 

Praying for those who have or are currently dealing with pregnancy/infant loss today.