October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. 1 in 4 women will experience pregnancy and infant loss.
Miscarriage is more common than you might think, and while stillbirth and infant mortality is rare, it does still happen.
These losses are absolutely devastating and go unspoken of far too often.
To anyone in audience who might have experienced a loss like these, my heart goes out to you. To my dear friends who have been through this difficult experience, I hold you and your babies forever in my heart.
I experienced miscarriage in my life. I was 22 and thought I was having a heavy period with cramping. 24 hours into the bleeding I went to the bathroom and large clots started hemorrhaging out of me. The floor was covered in blood. I called for help my with a cracking voice and my partner got me in the shower. As I sat there with blood stained legs and shaking hands I felt fear and worry. Was I dying? What was happening! I had no idea I was pregnant.
Now 12 years later I still remember that day vividly. It was the most blood I’ve ever seen. I remember as the baby was shedding from my body I wasn’t truly processing the experience. I was in shock. It wasn’t until several years later when I became pregnant with my oldest son Lochlan that I truly let myself experience the loss. 🌈
Have you or a loved one experiences infant loss? I’m so sorry if you have.
I ask you to be open to sharing your experience to release the shame, guilt and stigma. 💜