Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette Almost 150 people participated in Grayson County's first Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Walk.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Almost 150 people participated in Grayson County's first Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Walk.

People around Grayson County came out to James D. Beville Park in Leitchfield on Monday to participate in the county's first Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Memorial Walk.

The event was held by the offices of Lee, Buck and Lee from Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center.

Almost 150 people walked in the event in remembrance of the baby or babies they have lost. Not only mothers who have lost babies, but dads, other family members and children, including rainbow babies, were also in attendance.

Rainbow baby is a term used for living children who are born after a miscarriage, stillborn or neonatal birth, like a rainbow after a storm.

Many of the babies who were lost had a luminary lit in his or her honor under the pavilion with the babies' name written on them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States each year, about 1 percent of pregnancies, and the Mayo Clinic states that miscarriage occurs in 10-20 percent of pregnancies. CDC also states that in 2016, there were about 1,500 deaths due to SIDS, 1,200 deaths due to unknown causes, and about 900 deaths due to accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed and that these rates have begun to go down after the beginning of the Back to Sleep Campaign.

After everyone finished their hike around the park trail, items were raffled off to raise money to purchase a Cuddle Cot for the Twin Lakes OB Department. A cuddle cot is a special cooling pad that helps keep stillborn babies cool so they can be at the mother's bedside in order for the mother and family to grieve before saying goodbye to their baby.

According to Dr. Mark Lee's Nurse, Nichole Taylor, over $2,500 has been raised for the cot so far.

After the raffle concluded, Jenny Cummings spoke to the crowd about losing a baby. Then, at 7 p.m. everyone lit a candle in remembrance.

The lighting of the candles was significant as child loss memorials all over the world planned to light them at the same time. According to nowilaymedowntosleep.org, at 7 p.m. in each time zone around the world, people light candles in remembrance to create an "international wave of light."

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month was first declared by President Ronald Reagan on October 25, 1988.

On that day he said, "When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.

"Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.”

For more information about the memorial walk, the cuddle cot or prenatal and neonatal childloss, call the offices of Lee, Buck and Lee at (270) 259-2700.