Stillbirth Remembrance Day

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Today, September 6,  in some states of the USA  and Canada is a day set aside to honor and remember babies that have been stillborn. In many cases, this definition is expanded to include babies lost to miscarriage, SIDS, and complications of pregnancy, including ectopic pregnancies, among others. In light of this latter definition, Stillbirth Remembrance Day is sometimes known as Stillbirth and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

The idea of an annual day to remember stillborns followed perhaps the most notable stillbirth in recent years, that of Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart in September 2000. In Breanna Lynn’s home state of Arkansas, widespread media coverage following her stillbirth sparked an unprecedented public awareness of the seemingly random and largely unknown killer of more than 26,000 babies each year in the United States alone. In response to public lobbying, the state legislature of Arkansas passed a law proclaiming Breanna Lynn’s birthday, September 6, to be Arkansas Stillbirth Remembrance Day; the day was first observed on what would have been Breanna Lynn’s first birthday, September 6, 2001. This proclamation was warmly welcomed by most Arkansans, even if they had no personal connection to a stillborn baby. On this day, the noon news in Little Rock showed motorists on Interstate 30 traveling with their lights on in memory of the stillborn.

Following Arkansas’ example, several other Southeastern U.S. states passed laws enacting September 6 to be Stillbirth Remembrance Day in time for Breanna Lynn’s second birthday in 2002. With each passing year, more U. S. states issued similar proclamations; on September 6, 2005, Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart’s fifth birthday, 39 U.S. states officially paused to remember babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.

For all those who are grieving the loss of their precious babies, I am lighting a candle of solidarity today, a tiny flicker of light in the darkness of our grief and I offer up a prayer for healing and peace of heart for us all.

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  2. m.h.
    Sep 29, 2009 @ 02:40:48

    wow, i live in north carolina and didn’t know this. 4 of my babies have died. most recently, my 33 week along daughter was stillborn due to an umbilical cord knot. what are the chances? i think it’s more common to get hit by lightening! anyhow, finding your blog makes me feel less alone.

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    • Connie
      Mar 29, 2010 @ 19:05:25

      I am so sorry for your losses. My first granddaughter was born “still” on June 28, 2009. I am an RN and my husband is an ER doc. We had no idea of the frequency of stillbirth – trust me – we do now. Once you have a stillbirth your chances are 5 – 10 X more likely to have another. Please consider calling and visiting Dr. Jason Collins of The Pregnancy Institute in New Roads, LA. This amazing man has dedicated the last 20+ years to subsequent pregnancies of stillbirth moms. Thirty percent of stillbirths are Umbilical Cord Accidents (UCA) ~ and these tragedies can be prevented. A 28 week ultrasound to visualize the cord is paramount along with daily home fetal heart rate monitoring read by a doctor if there is a potential cord problem seen. Counting your baby’s kicks is another proactive step if no cord problem is detected. We are redoing and updating our website with lots wonderful information. There is hope and a happy healthy viable baby at the end of a pregnancy…

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      • Lisa Bartlett
        Mar 14, 2012 @ 15:18:18

        Thanks so much. may God bless you in all u doing and thank you for reaching out and helping other! It’s a wonderful thing!

    • Stefanie Borg
      Sep 29, 2010 @ 01:26:07

      I just lost my son the same way. I am heartbroken and all I’ve been told is that it was a freak accident. I just keep trying to search for some answers as to why this happened.

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      • JBBC
        Sep 29, 2010 @ 10:34:51

        Oh Stefanie, I am so, so sorry for your loss x

      • Lisa Bartlett
        Mar 14, 2012 @ 15:14:22

        i no it is so very hard to understand. as a matter of fact u will never understand but trust the Lord. My prayers r with you

    • Lisa Bartlett
      Mar 14, 2012 @ 15:16:16

      I am so very sorry that is more than sad. My prayers r with u .

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  3. Lisa Bartlett
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 23:00:11

    Hi to all. I just found this page i am breanna lynns mom. my name is lisa bartlett and i just wanted to say thanks to u all and my prayers r with u all

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