October 15 – International Day of Gestational, Neonatal and Early Childhood Death

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October 15 - International Day of Gestational, Neonatal and Early Childhood Death


As a way of honoring the memory and honoring babies who died in pregnancy, delivery or after birth, every October 15 is commemorated the International Day of Awareness and Commemoration of Pregnancy Loss and Early Childhood.


This October 15, we tell you how to remember the babies who did not come home and those who did arrive but did not stay.


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This October 15, we tell you how to remember the babies who did not come home and those who did arrive but did not stay.


It was since 1988 that the then president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, proclaimed October as awareness month about pregnancy and child loss, which began with a petition from a group of grieving parents to the federal government and governors of the 50s. states of that country for the first observation of the Day of Remembrance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss.

Despite the fact that this commemoration is not officially legislated in many countries, including Mexico, families and organizations from all over the world meet on October 15 of each year to promote and raise awareness about this problem, since statistics mention that 1 in four women do not reach term of a pregnancy.

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For this purpose, the Wave of Light is held, which means that at 7 p.m. in each country, millions of families from all over the world come together in honor of the babies who did not come home and those who did arrive but they did not stay, through the lighting of candles.

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For her part, Damara Monroy, lactation and positive parenting consultant, explains that bereavement breastfeeding is more common than is believed and those who provide the support, accompaniment and knowledge are other women who had the same experience.

«It is a topic that is rarely discussed, but the impact can be very great if you do not work in therapy or with accompaniment, that is why you have to support the woman, listening to her, bringing her food, cleaning her house or providing other support in the home, taking her to therapy or suggesting it to her », Monroy says.

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In this regard, Guzmán says that «remember that these mothers are postpartum and, speaking of physiology, it is a situation identical to that of any mother with a living baby, but emotionally more complex since postpartum hormones cannot be regulated in the same way, since there is no breastfeeding with a living baby, which means that these hormones are not regulated in the same way. Therefore, there are depressive feelings ».

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