Moms Who've Miscarried Mark Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 15, 2009 ( Mothers who have lost children during pregnancy or infancy are taking today to remember and heal.

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Oct. 15 is an annual day of remembrance for pregnancy and infant loss.

The day is rooted in U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s 1988 proclamation of October as pregnancy/infant loss awareness month.

The House of Representatives and other government officials, including President George Bush, have voiced their support for the awareness day. All 50 states have also recognized it.

One mother marking the awareness day called it a «blessing.»

Michelle Dalbom explained to ZENIT that she is the mother of five: «My husband, Andy, and I have […] a precious 3-year-old little boy named Ira and a baby on the way, due March 14th. We have three little ones that went to heaven in 2008: one on Jan. 1, Caroline Rose, one on March 6, Levi James, and one on Oct. 17, Hope.»

«Those who struggle to have children here on earth, whether through infertility, miscarriages, stillbirth, or infant death carry a special cross,» Dalbom added. «That cross is often carried in silence and privacy — it is a topic that is difficult to share.

«To have the U.S. House of Representatives acknowledge with a special day the pain and suffering experienced by these families gives both validity to their grief and an opportunity for conversation and healing. What a blessing!»

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