October 2017 Proclaimed As ‘Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness Month’ in Longmont

(Sergio R. Angeles / Longmont Observer)

On Tuesday night, Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs proclaimed October 2017 as ‘Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness Month’.

Eryn Elder was present at the city council meeting and accepted the proclamation.

“On August 19, 2014, in Longmont, I received a phone call no parent wants and certainly dreads. My child, Evelyn Claire Elder, had stopped breathing at daycare. She was three months and twenty-two days old and her death was deemed a sudden unexplained infant death (SUID).

“SUIDs has no known cause and is the leading cause of infants deaths from ages one month to one year. Unfortunately, funding for SUID research is incredibly low and very low resourced. So I encourage members of our community to continue to find answers to these causes that are unknown, whether they are SUIDS or other pregnancy losses.

“One in four women suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss,” stated Eryn.

My Baby Angel Foundation requested the proclamation to increase awareness around pregnancy and infant loss as well as support for the grieving families in our community.

October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

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Prior to working at the Longmont Observer, Sergio was an IT Consultant in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC working for Fortune 500 companies, such as Bank of America and Marriott. He left the east coast and returned back home to Longmont to work on his startups: Conjr, Inspeccio, and Elevation Milling. Soon thereafter, Sergio and Scott Converse became disappointed by the lack of local news coverage in Longmont and decided to do something about it. Thus, Longmont Observer was born! On his free time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, and brewing beer. Sergio is originally from Santa Barbara, CA, grew up in Boulder, CO, and now lives in Longmont.