Birth after a marathon and a day of awareness

          Unfortunately, not every holiday is festive, happy or light-hearted. Some holidays help us to remember a world-changing event or remind us to be aware of the needs surrounding us. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day. President Ronald Regan proclaimed the month of October to be a month to remember and support those who have lost a child. It is a sad truth that not every child is born healthy.

          Babies are born every day. The majority of births never make the news because they are just a part of life. When a birth does make the news one can bet that the circumstances surrounding the event were anything but ordinary.

          Last Sunday Amber Miller gave birth after participating in a marathon earlier in the day. Her daughter, June, was born 10:29 p.m. Miller half ran, half walked the marathon and crossed the finish line. Miller started having contractions toward the end of the marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles. I consider it a good day if I am able to run three miles.

           As in Miller’s case, the birth of a healthy child is a reason for celebration. It is heartbreaking to know that not every birth is such a happy occasion. As sobering a day as this is, I am thankful that there are days like Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day to remind us to support and encourage families who have suffered the loss of a child.