by Claudia Ravaldi and Sherokee Ilse
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month focuses on stillbirth as well as miscarriage, neonatal death, and SIDS, and is an opportunity to spread the word, teach our communities, educate, advocate, and build momentum for research and prevention. When a small group holds a candle-lighting service or a Walk to Remember, this can have an impact on the local community. However, when each group can say it is part of an international movement supporting people around the world in lighting candles or holding events to show the unity of thousands, if not millions, the impact rises in significance.
The growing energy to join in the global “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month” can help us all in our efforts to make a difference for families who have had babies die and to do our best to reduce the risk and the numbers of these bereaved families over time. This is your opportunity to learn about what is happening throughout the world and our opportunity to arm you with information and resources for future events and activities.
On initiative of CiaoLapo, for the first time Italian parents celebrated a “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month” on October 15th 2007 in few Italian towns. Our goal is to extend this awareness all around Italy, organising a series of events throughout all October in the next years.
Several events are scheduled every year in Italy and in the rest of the world for October.
Join us at an event or create your own.
Together we can change the world!
Babyloss.info is the official website of “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness” in Italy. The website is owned and administered by CiaoLapo Onlus, the first Italian charity organization for perinatal grief support.
CiaoLapo Onlus (www.ciaolapo.it) in a non-profit, non-religious charity organization founded in 2006 by Claudia Ravaldi and her husband Alfredo Vannacci in the loving memory of their second child.
The goals of CiaoLapo are:
- to promote research on stillbirth
- to offer psychological support to parents after stillbirth or perinatal death.
CiaoLapo is currently offering weekly online self-help groups to bereaved parents and free online psychological and gynaecological consults to members, in Italian language on the website www.ciaolapo.it. CiaoLapo is a member organization of the Hygeia Foundation, Member Organization of the Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Society (Sands-UK) and Full Member Organization of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA).