“There are some journeys that never began. Yet in certain ways, don’t ever end.”
– Rachita Bhatia Morales
October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. A time for the community to break the stigma of discussing this devastating loss, and join together to support those who have lost a pregnancy or infant. Many are unaware that 10-15% of pregnancies result in miscarriages, the majority of which occur within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. As something that effects about 1 in 8 individuals, this topic is rarely mentioned. Many do not share their loss with others for a variety of reasons, and instead suffer and mourn silently.
In recent years, the stigma surrounding pregnancy and infant loss is decreasing, yet still prevalent. Sharing this gut-wrenching loss is courageous and brave. Social media has become a place where you can see pink and blue ribbons (representing this awareness month) along with angel wings and feet, where moms and dads can grieve together with loved ones.
As a community we want to show these individuals we stand by them during this challenging time. But for most, talking about this devastating loss is challenging, the correct words are hard to find. FamilyMeans therapists encourage you to simply be there for the parents, ask how you can support them, and give them space if/when they need it.
For those working through the grief that comes with the loss of pregnancy or an infant, perinatal therapy is a great resource (learn more below). FamilyMeans Counseling & Therapy can help to assess these challenges and make referrals to community partners who specialize in this type of therapy.