October is national pregnancy and infant loss awareness month.Many people throughout the nation are working individually and in small groups to raise awareness about perinatal grief, and to ensure that sensitive care is given to parents that experience a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or a newborn death. Through the walk, committed parents, their friends, families, and professionals can symbolically join a national network of thousands who take part in a community "walk to remember" during the month of october. This year it will be held on oct. 18th at noon in the lobby of geneva general hospital. We all meet in the lobby and go down to the conference room and meet each other. We prepare ballons and do some readings then proceed outside for a ballon release with their childs name on the ballon. This is followed by refreshments and conversions. This is our 7th year of participating in this. About 30 people. mothers,fathers,children,nurses, and others attend. This small group walks to remember those in their family who have died or lost a child.
Infancy loss affects many women in the U.S. Hundreds of infants die every year,but it is still overlooked. Infancy loss awareness isn't just about remembering babies who have died, its a time when people can openly express their grief without fear of rejection or silence. We all support one another and remember the blessings of new children. we remember that these babies existed, living on in our hearts, even though they may be gone. So I urge you to walk with us this year on oct. 18th, if you or anyone you know has had a loss. And again thank you to all those that attend this year and every year.