October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month. Among women who know they are pregnant, about 15% end in miscarriage. Stillbirth affects about 1 in 160 pregnancies each year in the United States (less than 1%). Neonatal death is when a baby dies in the first 28 days of life, which happens in about 4 in 1,000 babies born each year in the United States. (Statistics from March of Dimes)
These numbers mean that more women in our community have experienced abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss than we ever realized. The grief of losing a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or even abortion is often misunderstood, and unsupported in our society.
In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus promises that those who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted. We hope Made Known will be a time and place for families who have felt this pain to continue their healing journey.