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International Pregnancy and Infant loss Remembrance Day
Befrienders Kenya participated in the marking of the International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day organized by
Empower Mama on 14th October 2018 at Ndemi place.
Speaking during the event, Vivian Gakuo, the Director of Empower Mama noted that the day is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes, however is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the death of a newborn.
She noted that the day was not yet nationally recognized in Kenya but urged the participants to embrace the day as it serves to promote awareness, remembrance and support to the estimated 1 in 4 individuals and families whose lives are irrevocably altered by the death of their children, during pregnancy, at birth and in infancy.
Befrienders Kenya Director, Merab Mulindi commended Empower Mama for the great initiative which continues to reach out to many that suffer the effects of the loss which includes: loneliness, emptiness, depression, anxiety, changes in relationships, development of unhealthy coping mechanisms, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She added that these effects are often underestimated and overlooked by care-givers, friends, and even family members, especially when dealing with pregnancy and child loss.
She noted that a lot of awareness still needs to be done so that affected parents can get the necessary support and society can be more sensitive to those grieving pregnancy and child loss.
The event saw grieving parents give personal stories, write messages to the children they lost and light candles in honor of those babies that they carried but never got to meet and some who left too soon. The participating parents were encouraged to work towards acknowledging the new reality of moving forward in life without the physical presence of their children and take comfort in the knowledge that their children who died will never be forgotten and knowing that their life can and will move forward.