National Recognition of Oct 15 - Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day
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Every family in Australia has been touched by the loss of a baby. Each year 1 in 4 Pregnancy's ends in a loss, this means that there would not be a family in Australia that has not been affected by the loss of a baby, either directly or indirectly. Yet this is something that most people are never aware of or never discuss. Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day - October 15 was established to raise awareness of this issue as well as to show support to those that have lost a baby.
Recognition can only be achieve through a recommendation from the Minister for Health. Whilst day is currently recognised in Western Australia and New South Wales, this petition seeks to demonstrate that there is grass roots support in the wider Australian community for official recognition nationally by the Parliament of Australia.
By officially recognising October 15 we can create a greater awareness in the community about the immeasurable impact that pregnancy and early infancy loss has on so many women, their partners and families within the Australian community. It is hoped that through the recognition of their loss and the subsequent pain endured, this remembrance day can play a small part in enabling families to find a way forward in their grieving, and in time heal the deep wound of loss. Most importantly, this remembrance day acknowledges that these babies were lovingly anticipated and remain forever in their parents’ hearts.
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