Any parent who has suffered a miscarriage or still birth knows the ache that comes from either experience. The pain may stop eventually but the memory of your little one never goes away, even after you have another child.
A rainbow baby is a baby born after a loss and one photographer in Michigan, USA has captured a stunning yet simple photograph that encompasses the beauty that comes after such a dark period in a parent’s life.
Charlotte is only a newborn, but her image has already inspired thousands. When American photographer Jen Priester posted a photo of a recent photo shoot of baby Charlotte, swaddled in a white blanket with a colourful rainbow of scarves draped beside her, she had no idea the response it would get.
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The image is so much more than your typical newborn photo shoot. It represents a life after loss, love after grief and a beacon of light after a storm. This is what all rainbow babies represent.
Jen writes on her blog, “I was so happy to be able to celebrate a new life after such a sad time.”
She also explains why she opted to place the rainbow upside down: “The rainbow comes from Heaven to earth (red by heaven, violet by earth) to show God’s faithfulness. Here I chose to have it start from earth to Heaven to show a receiving of God’s faithfulness.”
The sad reality is that miscarriage and stillbirth are more common than most of us think. Six babies are stillborn every day in Australia and an estimated one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage.
To the parents out there who have suffered this loss, please remember that through this dark period there is always hope for new life. As Jen eloquently writes, “Beauty can always come from storms.”
We also love this rainbow tassel stocking hat – another graceful gift to commemorate the birth of your rainbow baby. It’s from Zella Shop ($36).
Make sure to check out our prcvious post where a group of mothers share their pregnancies and new baby photos as a way to celebrate their rainbow babies, remember the babies lost and to provide others who have experienced this with hope for happiness in the future.