Six babies are stillborn every day in Australia and an estimated one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. There are no words to describe the anguish experienced after a miscarriage or infant loss. But there is a word to describe the child born after such a heartbreaking situation – a rainbow baby.
Every Child is a Blessing has brought this idea to life with a beautiful photography project that acts as a beacon of hope for mothers who know this pain all too well.
Last week we brought you the story of baby Eleanor, who was born sleeping. Her mother Natalie’s painful story and plea to other parents brought the entire Babyology staff to tears and our thoughts are with Natalie and all the other women who have experienced the same tragic loss.
And while happiness may seem a lifetime away for those who have experienced stillbirth or miscarriage recently, these photos, taken by photographers, Natalia Karpovovy and Elena Gannenko, have taken social media by storm and are acting as a symbol of hope for mothers who have given birth to or are expecting “rainbow babies.”
“In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better,” Chastity Boatman from Every Child is a Blessing explains, “The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.”
The photos are part of a competition hosted by a Russian photography site named Puzi Raduga, which means “Rainbow Bellies” in Russian.
As a mother of a rainbow baby, these photos bring a mixture of pain and peace. Because, as any mum who has lost a baby in utero or during birth knows, the sadness never quite passes. And the second time around can be filled with anxious moments – overwhelming fear any time you have to go to the toilet, nervous nights lying in bed, counting the kicks and late night phone calls to the doctor, worried something could be wrong.
There is no right or wrong way to feel after a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. The pain may never completely pass but these photos prove that there is hope for happiness in the future.
(images via Facebook)