Thousands to Light Candles at 7pm on October 15th for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day
On October 15th, people around the world will be lighting a candle at 7pm for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day to bring awareness to those who have suffered from a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth, or loss of an infant. With over 40,000 women suffering from miscarriages in Vancouver each year, this marks an important day to link women around the world and bring awareness to maternal health.
“If a woman has suffered even one miscarriage, her spirit is impacted as much as her body”, says Dr. Spence Pentland of Yinstill Reproductive Wellness, a Traditional Chinese Reproductive Medicine clinic in Vancouver. “Often women blame themselves, especially if they experience multiple miscarriages. They often feel like there is no hope.”
Miscarriages occur because blood and oxygen flow to the fetus have been reduced. Dr. Pentland explains that typically this is caused by blockages or deficiencies in the body’s systems due to age (egg quality), autoimmune conditions, stress, obesity, sperm problems, and thyroid imbalance.
“Many women are doing whatever they can to ensure they optimize their maternal health, turning to holistic treatments like acupuncture to open up the flow in order to increase blood supply to the ovaries and uterus. The process also helps to reduce inflammation, balance hormone levels, regulate the immune system, and smooth the impact of emotions and stress. All of these things impact overall health, which in turn, results in a healthier body that can carry a baby to full term.”
On Wednesday night, people are encouraged to light a candle at 7pm and keep it burning for at least one hour to create a continuous wave of light. For more information on this day, visit www.October15th.com.