Saturday, May 19, 2012

Definition of a "Rainbow Baby"

It occurred to me that not everyone knows the definition of a "Rainbow Baby".  I myself didn't know what a rainbow baby was until after I'd experienced my first miscarriage and joined the support groups.  So, here is the definition that is given at:
"A "rainbow baby" is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth.

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.

The storm (pregnancy loss) has already happened and nothing can change that experience. Storm-clouds might still be overhead as the family continue to cope with the loss, but something colourful and bright has emerged from the darkness and misery."

Here is another similar one that I like a lot, too.  It comes from:

""Rainbow Babies" is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope."  

Mike and I have been trying to conceive another child for almost 2 years now.  We have hoped and prayed for another child to add to our family.  We've experienced the excitement of the positive pregnancy test and first few weeks of hope as well as the heartbreak of the loss of a baby.  While our hearts ache for the babies we lost, and we will always remember them, we hope that one day we'll be blessed with our "rainbow baby". 

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