October 15 is International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, where bereaved parents from Australia and around the world pause to remember their babies who’ve died. Thank you to all the families who stood with us and helped us to remember all the little ones gone too soon, but forever in our hearts. 

Every year, around 110,000 Australians have a miscarriage. 2,200 more endure the pain of stillbirth, 600 lose their baby in the first 28 days after birth and many more face the grief of termination for medical reasons.

October is a time for Australia to break the silence and acknowledge the heartbreak happening too often right now.

This October you are invited to join us to recognise Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month where we invite hundreds of Australian parents to share what’s hurting them right now – silence.

“Countless times things were said to us that discouraged us from speaking about our loss ‘oh we able to have another one’, ‘I guess it was good she was so small and you weren’t further along’. Knowing how to approach people who have lost is such an important thing, we as a community need to know how to respond to loss in an appropriate way.” 

Kelly, NSW, whose daughter Leila was stillborn in September 2020

“This year saw the second anniversary of my loss, only a handful of people remembered. Also, I don’t feel like anyone acknowledges Leo’s birth as actually giving birth. There is no space to share my birth story.” 

Amy, NSW, whose son Leo was terminated for medical reasons at 24 weeks in September 2019

In 2021 a number of events and activities will be planned to mark the occasion. We warmly invite you to participate.

Light a candle with us this October 15

This year, thousands of families helped us shine a light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss by lighting a candle with us and sharing it online. October 15 and standing silent with other families across Australia. They shared their candle and moment of silent by tagging us and using the #standingsilent.   

Last Year's Family Stories