By: Maria Servold, EPLA Editor A week from now, women across the country will celebrate motherhood. This important holiday, for some, is a painful reminder of what they don’t have: a living child of their own.
The Sunday before Mother’s Day is International Bereaved Mother’s Day. Created in 2010 by a woman who had a stillborn son, the day recognizes women who have lost a child for any reason. Sometimes, the loss of a child is known to the community in which a bereaved mother lives. But often, women who lose a child, particularly early in pregnancy, feel excluded from the “mother club,” despite the fact that they carried life within them for a time.
The Early Pregnancy Loss Association seeks to help all women who have lost a child and dread the coming holiday next week. Today, we celebrate you and your motherhood, even if your arms do not hold a child.