Official Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day established in Tasmania

Tasmanians will now have a specific day to reflect on and remember those infants who were taken too soon. 

October 15 is now officially recognised as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in Tasmania. 

Each year in the state, about 40 stillbirths and 20 newborn deaths occur. 

The day of remembrance comes after five years of campaigning and dedication from Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Tasmanian coordinator Maria Bond. 

Health Minister Michael Ferguson said that despite the statistics, families were often left to grieve in silence after losing a child. 

“Formal recognition of this day will create awareness in the wider community about this devastating issue,” Mr Ferguson said. 

“More importantly, it will demonstrate to bereaved families that there is care and support available.”