Knox County Tennessee

Second annual observation of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day planned

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The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) and community partners are holding their second annual observation of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. A national observation, this day was created to provide support to and awareness of those who have lost an infant or pregnancy.

“In our work to prevent infant loss and promote healthy pregnancies and babies, we’ve seen a need for more community support for the families who have experienced this tragic loss,” said KCHD Program Manager Katie Larsen.“Our hope is to provide a time for these families to honor and remember their babies, however short their lives may have been, in an environment where they are surrounded by love and understanding.”

All those who have been touched by this heartbreaking loss are encouraged to attend. Event participants will have the opportunity to write their baby’s name or date of loss on a luminary candle. Several parents who have experienced this loss will address the crowd in addition to Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, University of Tennessee Medical Center Chaplain Steve Sexton and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Emergency Pediatrician Dr. Mary Palmer. Information about community resources will be available at the event. Registration is free and is available online at utmedicalcenter.org/events or in-person before the event.

In 2016, the infant mortality rate in Tennessee was 7.4 per thousand, which is higher than the national infant mortality rate of 5.9. In Knox County, 9.8 percent of births were premature in 2016. Prematurity is the leading cause of infant death. While some causes of infant loss and prematurity are preventable, others are not or the cause is unknown.

Improving the well-being of mothers, infants and children is an important community health goal for KCHD, as reflected in the organization’s Community Health Assessment. The Oct. 14 event is made possible by support from the University of Tennessee Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The event is an outcome of KCHD’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program, which is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health. FIMR is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants and families.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
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1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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