History of the Canadian Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness and Remembrance Movement

From the Canadian press: Reprinted with permission by Terra-Lynn Coggan


HISTORY: The Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness and Remembrance Movement began in the United States On October 25, 1988 when former American President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October 1988 as ``Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month''

“The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 314, has designated the month of October 1988 as ``Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this month.”

“Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.”

“In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.”

Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:13 a.m., October 26, 1988]



The October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Campaign began in 2002 as an American movement which was spearheaded by Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak.

Terra-Lynn Coggan joined the American movement in September 2004 and took on the role as the Canadian Director for October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and began the Canadian Campaign.

On October 12th, 2005 when New Brunswick received official recognition of October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Terra-Lynn resigned as the acting Canadian Director for the American Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Campaign and independently launched the Canadian Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Remembrance and Awareness Campaigns.

Terra-Lynn remains a leader in the field of building awareness at home and around the world, imitating national and international collaborations and support networks, enabling Canadian families who experience pregnancy loss and infant death to unite in raising awareness and to support all families throughout their journey.

Terra-Lynn believes it is essential to build bridges to enable families who experience the loss of a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth to connect with a network of national and international resources and social agencies from across Canada and around the World.

Terra-Lynn’s Canadian campaigns are endorsed and commended by Canadian leaders at the provincial and federal level.

Throughout Terra-Lynn’s campaign efforts she has campaigned to remove the social stigma which is attached to pregnancy loss and infant death and the way in which families grieve their loss.

Terra-Lynn believes that greater awareness will increase research which will enable health care providers and social agencies from across Canada and around the world to develop programs and services based on the findings of empirical research.

Terra-Lynn's passion for raising pregnancy loss and infant death awareness, remembrance and support is evident in her campaign efforts.


Resource: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/102588b.htm
Proclamation 5890 -- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, 1988


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