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National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Today is one of those days we all wish there was no need for a national awareness day. October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

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Many of our contributors here at PreemieBabies101 have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, infant and child loss. While each loss is different, the pain remains. We know that many of you have experienced loss, as well. Today, we’re turning over this space to you, our sweet readers. We invite you to share about your baby – your hopes and dreams, their sweet quirks and noises or any special memories – so we may honor your baby.

May it bring you peace, and a bit of joy, to share a small part of your baby with a community that understands.


Kathryn Whitaker About Kathryn Whitaker

Kathryn Whitaker (TX) is the mother of six (including two 36-week preemies).  Her fifth child was diagnosed with IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), born at 3lbs. 9oz. and then developed a severe surgical case of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).  He has various medical needs as a direct, and indirect, result.  On her personal blog, Team Whitaker, she writes about what she knows: big families, carpool, kids activities, faith, her beloved Aggies, specialist appointments and sanity checks with her husband.  You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.


  1. One day, I will be able to think of my son and not weep. Weep at the lost dreams, the loneliness that his twin will feel as he traverses this world without him, the guilt I will always feel that somehow I could have prevented it.

    William, you were my son, Linus’s brother, Dennis, Junko and Ron’s grandson and loved by so many who you never had the chance to meet. Your 33 hours on this earth meant the world to me.

    I will never forget you.

  2. My baby would have been 4 this year. I had a miscarriage due to really low progesterone levels. I now have 2 beautiful babies and think of the baby I lost everyday.

  3. My twin boys (born at 25 weeks) were my 5th pregnancy, but first live births. I’ll never forget my previous 4 losses.

  4. I lost twins and then a subsequent one, all in miscarriage. Docs could not find anything wrong with me, so the conclusion was that they were genetically incapable of survival and died in utero. I endured hospital stays and am now in “advanced maternal age”. I always think of who my little ones might have been, but remember I am still and will always be their mom.

  5. My first pregnancy ended with a miscarriage on March 30, 2011 at 14 weeks. I like to think my baby is keeping an eye on his/her younger sisters. Hannah our rainbow baby was born on April 3, 2012 at 34 weeks and Kali was born on January 4, 2015.

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