There is a time when sorrow can hit. A time for joy, and a time for pain. It may or may not be expected. The loss of a child is a tragedy that defies all others. It might happen during pregnancy, infancy, childhood or even adulthood. No matter when it happens it leaves a hole in the heart of those left behind. Miscarriage/infant loss is something isn’t talked about often because of the different feelings it may come up.
The rainbow is a symbol of hope and peace. It’s also a symbol of joy. A rainbow baby is a term used to describe an infant born after the loss of another child. 1 in 4 women experience infant loss during pregnancy or even birth. Any child born after that is considered the “rainbow of hope after the storm.”
This child may be extra special. Not only do they have a family here but also up in heaving watching over them. Celebrating the creation of life during pregnancy is amazing but it’s even more special when that child holds special meaning and has come after the trial (Storm) of infertility, infant loss during birth, miscarriage whether early or late term during pregnancy or the loss of an infant before during or after birth even at full term.
There are many women who have gone through this. More than most can even imagine. It is not an easy task or trial to get through. I am one of the women as was my client this past week. I lost my baby at 20 weeks of pregnancy; she lost her angel around 23 weeks. I have met women who have lost their baby at full term due to different complications. It is in no way their fault or any of ours when a baby passes this early. But the “rainbow” baby comes to help heal and remind them that there is always hope after the storm.
R was glowing with love not only for her current children and the new one she is expecting but also for the little one she lost. Capturing that glow, that love, that emotion was my goal. Representing her angel baby w/ a rainbow helps us all to remember and honor her and what she has gone through.