For those of you that might not know, today is National Rainbow Baby Day.
You might have heard me use this term ‘Rainbow Baby’ a few times and not know what it means. This blog post will explain all about rainbow babies.
The term ‘Rainbow Baby’ is used when a child is born to a family who have previously lost a child due to miscarraige, stillbirth or death during infancy. For many parents who do get pregnant after losing a baby, there can be a huge bag of mixed emotions – worry, reflection, fear, overjoyed, anxiety, happiness …
Many parents can actually feel guilty for being excited about their new pregnancy whereas others are terrified to celebrate anything just in case. These rainbow babies really are that light after the storm.
For those families who have been through such a dark time, having that baby really can feel like the most amazing mircale ever. And of course it is.
Many people are now a lot more open about struggles and complexities with pregnancy and conception. It used to be such a taboo subject. I, for one, am so pleased that many more people are so open about their journey. It really does help those who are at the beginning (or the middle) of their own journey – to know that someone else is going through something similar to you.
I love that my families often talk about their pregnancy journeys with me.
Our rainbow babies are to be celebrated just like the angel babies that were too perfect to be here. And that is why, for many people, it is important to have that rainbow. To show that there is light, there is hope. But that the journey to get to this beautiful miracle hasn’t been forgotten.
So what can I do for your rainbow baby?
Firstly, you need to decide if you want to honour your angel baby in this way. Some parents do and some don’t. It’s 100% your personal choice – everyone deals with things in very different ways.