All babies hold a special place in our hearts but when I first learned about Rainbow Babies, my heart grew a little bit more. I had heard the term before, however, I wasn't fully aware until a friend called her baby a rainbow baby and I learned Rainbow babies are babies that are born after the loss of an infant or a miscarriage.
Why a "Rainbow Baby"? Where did the term come from? Rainbows are seen many times after a storm. The storm represents the mother's loss, the parent's loss, their family's loss. When you may feel that all hope is lost, your joy has turned to shock, sadness, anger to name a few of the many emotions that I can imagine being filled with is all part of the grieving.
The strength, hope and faith I can only imagine these mothers have that are determined to grow their family is tremendously strong and deep. I can't imagine the steps it takes to bring yourself to a place where you're ready to try again. I can only imagine the questions and precautions taken for that next big step of deciding to be pregnant again after such a loss. When I hear these stories from moms and dads, I'm always in awe. Every story is different and SO personal and for them to want to share their story is not lost on me.
As a photographer, I try to make every picture tell a story. I think this one speaks for itself. The mother was gracious enough to share part of her story so I can capture a vision we developed for her children's picture.
What I didn't know is that if another baby comes along after a rainbow baby, they also have a title, they're a Golden Baby to represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Although baby doesn't have a golden swaddle, there is a bit of gold in her headband.
Babies represent joy, promise, innocence warmth and new beginnings. These parents will always have three children, they'll always be a family of 5, they'll always find ways to include all 3 babies in their family journey, as represented in some of the thousands of words this photo depicts. ... I used to be a grief counselor a very long time ago, however, I still search for the right words to say sometimes...
Much Love and Gratitude to this family, for sharing part of their story.
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