Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Spread awareness and bring honor to your baby #nilmdts

31 Ways to Honor Your Baby

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"I especially appreciate the October calendar with activities. It gives me an opportunity to “bring my daughter to life” as I do intentional activities to honor and remember her."

-Bereaved Mother

Free Ways to Honor Your Baby

NILMDTS Coloring Page

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Personalized Remembrance Candle

Ali Furtwangler, NILMDTS IT Manager, shares how to make your own Personalized Remembrance Candle with your baby(ies) names on it. Click here to download the supply list and written instructions!

2022 Keepsake Ornament

International Wave of Light

On October 15th at 7:00 p.m. in time zones across the world, candles will be lit for all the babies that are being honored. Help us continue that world glow and spread awareness about this special day by sharing our image.

Share your own candle images on October 15th by using #nilmdts or posting in the comments on that day! 

Share and Spread Awareness

Update your profile cover picture for the month of October. With Facebook's new limitations on profile picture frames, this alternative will still allow us to create awareness socially amongst your friends and followers.

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Use our share graphics to help spread awareness. Be sure to hashtag #nilmdts on your posts! (Click on the images below for a larger view and then right click and save.)  


Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month was first declared by President Ronald Reagan on October 15, 1988. On that day he said:  

“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.” 

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