Michelle Doyle at Local Care Midwifery

planned home birth

In memory of all those babies born sleeping or held in our hearts but never met.

While most pregnancies progress through the childbearing year without complication, for some women and families pregnancy ends not with the joy of birth but with loss and tears. Anywhere from 10-25% of documented pregnancies will end in miscarriage, with the majority of these losses being due to completely unpreventable causes. Past the first trimester, a much smaller but heartrending number of pregnancies and babies are lost due to intrauterine fetal demise, preterm labor and extreme prematurity, stillbirth, or through death in infancy.

Pregnancy, stillbirth and infant loss do not discriminate. They occur in the lives of women of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Even though each woman’s story of loss is particular to her circumstances, many women experience similar feelings of pain, hopelessness and isolation. Pregnancy and infant loss are too often in our society a private pain pushed to the margins of our consciousness, leaving too many families alone in their grief, looking for meaning and a way to remember their pregnancies and their children.

On October 15th of every year millions of mothers, fathers, families, friends and loved ones gather together or hold quietly in private the Day of Remembrance for all babies lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Whether participating in a memory walk or simply lighting a candle, this is the day set aside for us to stand with all women and families who have suffered loss and to remember with them. Together we remember, and honor the experiences of these families and the lives of their children.

We offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers to any family who has experienced loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Too often pregnancy and infant loss go unacknowledged, which is why we choose to hold this space on this page to remember any pregnancy or infant lost by any woman and family at any point in time. We invite you to contact us by email if you have an addition you would like us to make to our pregnancy loss Page of Remembrance. Whether actually named or simply carried in your heart as, for example, "our first pregnancy," we would be honored to hold your babies in our hearts and on this memorial page.

In memory of all those babies born sleeping, or held in our hearts but never met.

  • Baby Epona
  • Baby Norah
  • Baby Grace
  • Nicholas
  • Aine
  • Patience
  • Anastasia and Zoe
  • Evelyn
  • Jonas Aaron
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