It's Time To Break The Silence of Infant & Pregnancy Loss.
Every year, countless mothers, couples, and families experience the devastation of losing a pregnancy or infant and have to endure the painful process of grieving in silence.
We're here to change that.
TERMS & INFO
Miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Some women have a miscarriage before they know they are pregnant.
Causes that increase the risk of a miscarriage:
A genetic problem with the fetus
Problems with the uterus or cervix
Stillbirth is when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most stillbirths happen before a pregnant person goes into labor, but a small number happen during labor and birth.
What can cause or contribute to a stillbirth?
Unfortunately, it’s often not known what causes a stillbirth. Some of the causes include:
congenital anomalies, which are conditions that affect the baby's structure (how its body is built) or function (how its body works) while it is developing in the womb
a premature birth, where the baby is too immature to survive
fetal growth restriction, where the baby doesn't grow to full potential
complications during birth
problems with the umbilical cord or placenta
Infant Loss (Mortality) is the death of an infant before his or her first birthday. The infant mortality rate is the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births.
In 2020, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Almost 20,000 infants died in the United States in 2020. The five leading causes of infant death in 2020 were:
Preterm birth and low birth weight.
Injuries (e.g., suffocation).
Maternal pregnancy complications.
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old, and remains unpredictable despite years of research.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 OUT OF 4...
Approximately, 1 out of 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage. But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur very early in pregnancy.
1 in 160...
Stillbirth affects about 1 in 160 births, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States. That is about the same number of babies that die during the first year of life and it is more than 10 times as many deaths as the number that occur from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). (CDC)
23 million miscarriages happen across the globe every year, translating to 44 pregnancy losses each minute (The Lancet).
NC Infant Mortality Rate = 6.8 (infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
Sources: Pregnancy Birth & Baby, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mayo Clinic, March of Dimes, Medline Plus