You can’t enjoy a beautiful rainbow without weathering the grey skies first – that’s the idea behind a ‘rainbow baby’. It’s the baby that’s born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.
This photo, shared on Facebook by Every Child is a Blessing, shows off the idea perfectly.
“Who loves this ‘rainbow babies’ photo?” the post reads. “A ‘rainbow baby’ is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.
“In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better.
“The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.”
After the photo was posted, thousands of mums commented with stories and pictures about their own miracle babies. ” My rainbow baby Monroe born a year after I lost her sister Makia at 34 wks,” one commented. “My rainbow baby!! I lost one then we were blessed with this perfect guy!!” another added.
“I hope that my responses back and forth with women on ‘Rainbow Babies’ helps them feel supported, loved, and that their struggles with conception and loss are being heard by someone.” Chasity Boatman, who runs the blog and Facebook page said. “The thing about ‘Rainbow Babies’ that I’ve been the happiest about it is the healing and support women have been providing to one another in the comment’s section.”
Have you had a ‘rainbow baby’?