Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month

Our Wish for PAIL Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Awareness Month, with the 15th being the official day. A day to recognise, acknowledge and honour the estimated one in four pregnancies that end in miscarriage in Australia each year, and approximately 3,000 babies stillborn or die in the first 28 days after birth.

The Sands vision is that all bereaved parents across Queensland have the opportunity to access support services and care they need at the time of the death of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death or medical termination. You can help by joining with us to raise awareness and create conversations. Let other bereaved parents know they are not alone and help them find a place of support.

Go Pink and Blue

Add the ‘Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness’ frame by Sands Queensland to your profile picture on Facebook.

Share the PAIL Awareness Ribbon

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month

Light Up the Night

Invite family and friends to join the Wave of Light, 7pm, 15th October.

Wave of Light with Sands Queensland



Change your profile picture or share one of our ‘Wish’ images and invite your family and friends to do so too.








More images are available at our Facebook page for grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Together our community can let others know they are not alone. Together we can let them know where to find empathy, understanding and support.


Mother’s Day For The Bereaved Mother

Guest post by Tina Thurtel, Sands Queensland Committee President

My first Mother’s Day was brutal after my baby, Willow, died. My partner was thoughtful enough to include Willow’s name on my card. It was bittersweet. I felt like crying all day. Mother’s Day was no longer a happy day for me, it was a harsh reminder of all that I had lost. I couldn’t see that it was ever going to get any better.

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A Life Promised

Guest post by Leisa Andersen

I used to feel that my grief and how I dealt with it wasn’t validated, was too ‘over the top’. I mean we were only 15 weeks. He wasn’t a ‘real’ baby, a legal baby. Small enough to hold him in the palm of a hand, but we could still count 10 little fingers and 10 little toes. I’ve since come to realise it doesn’t matter. 15 weeks or 40 weeks, the outcome is the same…they’re gone.Read More »

There is Always Hope

Guest post by Alicia, Declan’s Mum

My names Alicia, I’ve been with my childhood sweetheart Mat for just over eight years now and we are to be married in June this year. We were told due to health reasons that I had to try for a baby quiet young as time was against me. In making the decision to have children and knowing the complications I had to give up my job, as I had to be on full bed rest at times. Read More »