October is miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss awareness month.
According to the CDC, “About 1% of all pregnancies are stillborn (after 20 weeks gestation), and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States. That is about the same as the number of babies who die each year during the first year of life. It is also more than 10 times as many deaths as the number that occur from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Approximately 10-25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks gestation.”
The odds of a miscarriage are potentially as high as 1 in 4.
Knowing first hand the pain and emptiness that follow such a loss, the founders of Covered In Love have developed a ministry to bring hope and healing to families that have experienced loss. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Covered In Love has had over 20 women attend their local support group and given over 1000 blankets to families worldwide. They have had hundreds of volunteers attend events to help make blankets and love on these families. Many of the volunteers have experienced loss themselves. These numbers are huge and this is just in the United States. These numbers do not account for loss that happens around the world. That is why it is so important to bring awareness to this type of loss and give a voice to these families.