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Most news stations and newspaper sites have a “submit a story idea” section on their website. This is a great way to spread awareness of pregnancy/infant loss to a large audience. The template below is a good starting point, and can be customized with your individual story/details. Make sure to let us know if you have any luck!

News Story Submission Template

Each year, over 700,000 women experience pregnancy loss; 26,000 of them lose their babies after the sixth month of pregnancy, and 20,000 babies die, every year, in their first month of life.

My baby was one of those numbers. {example—insert 1-2 sentences of your own story here—keep it short. When I was 26 weeks pregnant, my baby died. Up until the day my doctor looked me in the eye and said, “there is no heartbeat,” I had your perfect, textbook pregnancy. I’m 24 and healthy. I had no reason to think anything would go wrong.} Things like this just don’t happen to healthy, normal people like me, I thought.

But I was wrong. Pregnancy/infant loss is more common than I ever imagined, and it does not discriminate. It affects women of all ages, of all races, of all walks of life. It’s not just something that happens to “other people,” it can happen to anyone.

Hundreds of thousands of women go through the death of their child every year, yet no one talks about it. Because it’s become such a taboo, “hush-hush” subject in our society, women are often forced to suffer in silence. Alone. We’re told to “get over it,” or “try again,” but I can tell you from experience, losing your baby is not something you just “move on” from. It’s impossible to move forward and heal without talking about the experience, and without the support of others.

I have shared my story on a recently launched website called Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope (www.facesofloss.com). On this site, hundreds of women, like me, are sharing their stories of pregnancy/infant loss, along with a picture of their face. Each story is categorized by type and stage of loss, subject, and city/state, so that other women who have recently experienced a loss can find stories similar to their own. So that they can know they are not alone.

It is our hope that by telling our stories, and showing our faces to the world, taboos will be broken, lines of communication will be opened, and healing can begin for the 85 women in this country who go through the pain of finding out their child has died, every hour, of every single day.

October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day. I ask that you do a story on or around this day to help us spread the word and let women know they are not alone. I ask that you help us give them a voice and a chance to share their stories with the world.

One in every four women will experience pregnancy/infant loss at some time in their life. Even if some don’t end up experiencing it themselves, someone they know—their friend, their sister, their coworker—will. This is a story that is incredibly relevant, and incredibly needed for everyone.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

{Your name}

{Your contact: email, phone, address}

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