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Pregnancy and Infant Loss - You Are NOT Alone

Even if you haven't experienced a loss yourself, you probably know someone who has. Miscarriages alone occur in about 30% of all pregnancies. According to this Time Magazine article, "A new survey reveals that many American men and women have vast misconceptions of miscarriages." Pregnancy and infant losses in whatever form are deeply emotional and sensitive topics that affect many individuals and families. The statistics surrounding pregnancy and infant loss can vary by region and are influenced by factors such as healthcare access, maternal age, and overall maternal health. Read below as we bring awareness to different types of losses and how to reach out if you or someone you know is experiencing a loss.


The emotional impact that pregnancy and infant loss can have on individuals and families is devastating. The guilt and shame associated with a loss can be overwhelming, depressing and isolating
Feelings associated with pregnancy and infant loss can lead to depression

It's important to note that these statistics may change over time-

  1. Miscarriage: Miscarriage, defined as the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks, is relatively common. Estimates suggest that about 10-20% of clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. However, the actual rate may be higher when accounting for very early pregnancy losses that go unnoticed.

  2. Stillbirth: Stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The rate of stillbirth varies globally, but on average, it is estimated to occur in about 1 in 160 pregnancies.

  3. Neonatal Mortality: Neonatal mortality refers to the death of a baby within the first 28 days of life. The global neonatal mortality rate is approximately 18 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, this rate can be significantly higher in certain regions with limited access to healthcare.

  4. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden, unexplained death of an otherwise healthy baby, usually during sleep. SIDS affects about 1 in 1,500 live births in developed countries, but rates may vary.

  5. Infant Mortality: Infant mortality includes deaths that occur within the first year of life. The global infant mortality rate is around 28 deaths per 1,000 live births. Factors such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and congenital anomalies contribute to infant mortality.

  6. Ectopic Pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, typically in the fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies account for about 1-2% of all pregnancies.

The emotional impact that pregnancy and infant loss can have on individuals and families is devastating. The guilt and shame associated with a loss can be overwhelming, depressing and isolating. If you or someone you know has experienced pregnancy or infant loss, seeking support from healthcare professionals, therapists, and/or support groups is the first step in taking the necessary steps to heal. Please know you are NOT alone.

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