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Events planned for October - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month

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On October 25, 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  It reads, in part:

"Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. National observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, 1988, offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members and work to prevent causes of these problems."

The founder of the website,, is Robyn E. Bear.  Robyn, along with Lisa Brown and Tammy Novak, felt there also needed to be a particular day in the month of October in which the entire world recognized infant loss together.  So, in 2006, the House of Representatives agreed and passed House Resolution 222, supporting the goals and ideals of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15. 

An upcoming event planned in Cedar Falls is one of many planned for Sunday, October 15 around the entire world.  Robyn Polcher, a reverend and director of Share the Hope Ministries, has planned a Candlelight Service of Remembrance.  Guests are asked to gather at 6:30 p.m. on the 15th at the United Church of Christ in Cedar Falls.  

"The thing about the day is that everybody, in all time zones and all around the world, is encouraged to light a candle at 7 p.m.  So, this creates a Wave of Light," said Polcher.  "Light a candle to remember your child(ren).  Share stories and support.  Know you are not alone.  All who have been touched by pregnancy or infant loss are encouraged to attend."

And Polcher stresses that this is not just an event for parents grieving their tremendous loss.  It's also for our Cedar Valley community to gather and offer support.

"This service is for the whole community.  A part of President Reagan's proclamation is having the support and love of the community," said Polcher.  "Members of the community are invited to express their love and support, and to get a better understanding of the magnitude of this loss."

Learn more about the importance of October 15th, October as a whole, and the Wave of Light here.  And more information about Polcher's ministry can be found here.

The United Church of Christ is located at 9204 University Avenue.


We have also been notified about Finnick's Funds Craft & Vendor Fair, being held Saturday, October 7 in Gilbertville.  Hosted by Cheyenne Phillips, this will help raise money to donate to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Cheyenne's first child, Finnick, was delivered as a stillborn on February 26th, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital.

"I want to give back to them since they took incredible care of my family and I during this difficult time and because they help so many other families," said Phillips. "All proceeds will go to the hospital."

This event is free to the public and will take place at
1110 6th St. in Gilbertville.  Learn all about the event here.


Regional Medical Center in Manchester has planned an event for Saturday, October 14.  It's their 3rd annual Balloon Release.  There will be family activities and refreshments from 9 until 9:45am, and then everyone will release the balloons at 10 a.m. to remember the babies and lives lost.

More information can be found here.


KWWL has also been notified of another balloon release event.  This one is on Sunday, October 15, at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital.  Hosted by the NICU Developmental Care Team, there will be family activities, refreshments, a prayer and memory balloon release.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with the balloon release taking place at 6 p.m.  It will be held in the South Dining Room of Allen Hospital, and they ask that guests enter at Entrance 2 off of Dale Street.

Learn more about the NICU at Allen Hospital here.


If you have an event planned in October to recognize this important month, please contact Anchor Abby Turpin at

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