October 2022 Awareness Month Highlights


Content warning: Pregnancy & Infant Loss, Bereavement


AWARENESS MONTHS


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: October is the month we recognize pregnancy and infant loss. Tens of thousands of families across the U.S. each year experience loss and it is important to acknowledge those who may need additional help or support during this difficult time. One in four women will experience this type of loss at some point in their life, so it is important to remember you are not alone! We invite you to use the hashtag #1in4 to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma.


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month allows families across the nation to share their stories and hopefully encourage others who are going through something similar to do the same. There has been research which confirms that sharing your story may give you therapeutic gains and also may help you acknowledge your pain to move forward. Recognizing and honoring your baby’s life and telling others about your story are some of the first steps you can take.


Check out local providers who offer bereavement support in the CCCN Member directory who can help you along this journey. Additional support is available on the CCCN website through a comprehensive list of web resources.


For more information surrounding bereavement and loss, click here to check out one of our blog posts authored by a previous CCCN intern surrounding the challenges of loss and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.


Additional Blog Posts:

Coffee Connection October 2021

Community Stories: Hazel Mae



Sudden Infant Death Awareness Month: October brings awareness to SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), SIDS is used when an infant under the age of one died unexpectedly.


According to the CDC, about 3,400 babies die each year in the United States due to unsafe sleeping environments. It is important to learn about safe sleeping procedures to help reduce the risk of SIDS.


Local pediatricians, Dr. Patterson and Dr. Tedford, offer informative content surrounding safe sleep and ways to reduce suffocation.


The United States Consumer Product Commission also offers insight into safe sleep with reviewing crib and infant products. Ensure your sleeping arrangements for your child are up to date by using this online resource. If you choose to bedshare with baby, learn more from La Leche League International on ways to promote safe sleep with your baby. (Photo Credit: La Leche League International )




AWARENESS WEEKS


International Babywearing Week: International Babywearing week is an annual outreach event hosted by Babywearing International. This week promotes babywearing and the benefits that result from wearing or carrying your baby in a sling/carrier.


According to Healthline, babywearing can reduce crying, assist with breastfeeding, and promote health. Local Doula Rylee Ionascu offers local babywearing education and support. Click here to learn more about the benefits of babywearing and scheduling a consult!


National Midwifery Week:

National Midwifery Week is from October 3rd through October 9th that the American College of Nurse-Midwives created to recognize and celebrate midwives across the country!


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