Wave of Light Event Recognizes Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss

October 10, 2023

SHREVEPORT, La. – Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport will host Wave of Light in Shreveport on Sunday, October 15. The international event is held each year as a pregnancy, infant and child loss remembrance day. The local event will take place at the fountains of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center at 1 St. Mary Place, Shreveport, LA 71105.

October was proclaimed Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in 1988. In the United States, an estimated 1 out of every 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage and 1 in every 160 pregnancies end in stillbirth. The awareness month recognizes the loss that many parents experience and provides resources to those who grieve.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed on October 15 each year. The worldwide Wave of Light event commemorates this day and invites families and individuals to light a candle at 7 p.m. and allow it to burn for one hour. As the candles are lit across time zones, a “wave of light” is created across the globe.

The team at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center is proud to bring this event to the Shreveport-Bossier City community. The hospital is home to Ochsner LSU Health’s Women’s and Children’s services, and employees want those suffering a loss to know they are not alone. This event creates a time for those experiencing loss to come together in memory of all children’s lives gone too soon.

Wave of Light – Pregnancy, Infant & Child Loss Remembrance Day
Sunday, October 15, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.
The Fountains at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – St. Mary Medical Center
1 St. Mary Place, Shreveport, LA 71105

Please contact Bonnie Hughes at bonnie.hughes@ochsnerlsuhs.org with any questions. To learn more about services at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, visit ochsnerlsuhs.org.


The Ochsner LSU Health System of North Louisiana (Ochsner LSU Health) is a partnership between Ochsner Health, the largest health system in the state of Louisiana, and LSU Health Shreveport, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Allied Health Professions and Graduate Studies and a robust research enterprise. Ochsner LSU Health provides healthcare to more than 140,000 patients across North Louisiana. With more than 20 locations, Ochsner LSU Health includes multiple outpatient facilities, clinics, three acute care hospitals — including North Louisiana’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Center at its acute care hospital and a newly renovated hospital with women’s and children’s services in Shreveport, La. and an acute care hospital in Monroe, La designated as a Level III Trauma Center — as well as Louisiana Behavioral Health, providing inpatient and intensive outpatient mental health services in partnership with Oceans Healthcare. The system has more than 4,200 employees that work alongside the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Physician Group of 950 physicians and residents in more than 65 specialties and subspecialties.

Emily Oliver
PR and Internal Communications Manager
Ochsner LSU Health and Ochsner Rush Health