It is estimated that 98 million pregnancies end each year before a living child is born.
- 23 million of those cases are due miscarriage. (NIH)
- 2 million cases are due to stillbirth. (UNICEF)
- 73 million are attributed to abortion. (W.H.O.) (Guttmacher Institute)*
I am no mathematician. In the fourth grade a bunch of big, red-ink "F's" at the top of my assignments instilled in me a newfound love of learning and a fight for straight A's, but mathematics always seemed to rank as my slowest, most difficult subject.
Thankfully, these numbers only require a few simple equations to translate the gravity of their implications:
At a bare minimum, over 40% of ALL pregnancies end in a form of loss.
As these 40% - 45% of pregnancies are ending in loss, our cultural space for grieving and for healing is significantly lacking.
This is the space that MyJuly27 strives to create alongside the loss community by connecting families with healing resources and designing beautiful, high-quality keepsakes that both memorialize lives and spark conversation.
Whether your life has been impacted by early chemical pregnancy, a late-term tragedy, or an induced abortion, we invite you to step into a space that believes in hope, healing, and goodness on the other side of life's worst nightmares.
Our primary way of honoring the 40% - 45% is by creating footprint keepsakes, sized by gestational age. According to the Mayo Clinic, feet form in utero at just 8 weeks. Are you passionate about honoring the dignity and personhood of each and every life? Consider keeping a pair of 8 week footprints as a form of remembrance.
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*Though there is much political and religious tension surrounding our inclusion of abortion statistics with unintentional forms of pregnancy loss, please know that we do so with great intentionally as we welcome each and every family seeking healing after an abortion experience. Whether you identify your beliefs as pro-life, pro-choice, or somewhere undecidedly in between, abortion grief is statistically undeniable.
Author: Shareya Holm, Owner of MyJuly27