Pregnancy and Infant Awareness Month 2021

To acknowledge International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day (Oct 15), we are encouraging people to break their silence and share their story of pregnancy and baby loss.


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Every year, around 110,000 Australians have a miscarriage. 2,200 more endure the pain of stillbirth, 600 lose their baby in the first 28 days after birth and many more face the grief of termination for medical reasons. October is a time for Australia to break the silence and acknowledge the heartbreak happening too often right now.

#standingsilent

Standing Silent means many things to bereaved parents

  • The silence when no heartbeat is heard during an ultrasound
  • The lack of a baby’s cry during birth
  • Or the silence and the inability to find words following a diagnosis of a life limiting medical condition in your baby

There is so much silence associated with pregnancy and infant loss

Parents ask:

  • What would they have sounded like?
  • Why did no one call on their anniversary?
  • Why does no one acknowledge my loss?

This year to acknowledge International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day we are sharing the moments of silence affecting bereaved parents to encourage conversation about pregnancy and infant loss. We also invite everyone to attend one of our Walk to Remember events, held nationally both physically and virtually.

Standing Silent

This year to break the silence shrouding pregnancy and infant loss we have asked families to share their stories and to discuss the terrible moments of silence in their journeys.

Find out how you can get involved.

Family Stories

To help break the silence this Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day a number of families have shared their story with us. Follow the links to read more.

Tara and Graeme’s story - My dreams

Lucia’s Story - Talking about Teddy

Matt & Shelley’s story - I feel sad that people feel they cannot speak about their journey

Amy’s Story - Leo was very much wanted and loved

Melinda’s story - It is important to keep Jacob’s memory alive

Emily Jean’s story - We feel silenced

Sky and Trisdan’s story - why I talk proudly and often of my twins taken too early

Jessica P’s story - Stop and appreciate the memories

Kathryn’s story - We never heard Noah cry

Jessica and Kieren’s story – Having Gigi in my heart, not my arms

Fotini’s story – The pain of terminating much wanted pregnancies

Annabel’s story - A decision made out of pure love

Sara’s story - Finding comfort in knowing I’m not the only one

Kelly’s Story - why pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day is so important

Penny’s Story - we need to share these stories

Stephanie’s Story - We need to normalise the conversation about miscarriage

Share your stories and break the silence by #standingsilent and tagging us on social media.

Our 24/7 support line can be reached on 1300 308 307 or visit our support library

This year to acknowledge International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day we are sharing the moments of silence affecting bereaved parents to encourage conversation about pregnancy and infant loss for the month of October.