The death of an unborn or new baby — affecting some 26,000 families in the U.S. each year — has been formally acknowledged by Board of Selectmen as a heart-wrenching ordeal for the families that experience it.
The selectman approved a proclamation recognizing October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and Oct. 15 as World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
“The biggest goal of all this is awareness, education, prevention,” Ridgefielder Hillary Hughes told the selectmen at their Oct. 10 meeting.
The Star Legacy Foundation, she said, is working to create a database to advance awareness of the issue.
The selectmen acknowledged the grief of parents who have lost children to a variety of causes.
“Many Ridgefield parents and families have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of an infant during delivery or shortly after birth,” their proclamation says. “… Such a terrible loss is often not recognized … Ridgefield wishes to acknowledge the profound grief experienced by families who suffer the death of a small child, infant, or pre-term baby … When a baby dies, it’s life deserves to be recognized.”