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WHAT IS A RAINBOW BABY?
A “rainbow baby” is a term used for a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. 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. We understand not everyone likes or utilizes this term, however there are many people find comfort in this metaphor. We encourage families to find what works best for them and their unique family.
PREGNANCY AFTER LOSS SUPPORT
When a mother experiences a pregnancy loss, she needs time and care to assimilate the experience into her life. Every aspect of her life is changed. Pregnancies impact her: hearing that other people are pregnant, but also her own subsequent pregnancies impact her as well.
When a mother experiences a pregnancy loss, and then she becomes pregnant again, she doesn’t just “get to leave” the pregnancy loss demographic. She will forever be a loss mom.
When a mother experiences a pregnancy loss, and then she becomes pregnant again, she enters into this new pregnancy in a different way than she has ever entered into a pregnancy before.
She is scared in a way she wasn’t before.
She is excited in a way she wasn’t before.
She is aware of loss mothers’ feelings toward her pregnancy in a way she wasn’t before.
She cherishes her pregnancy in a way she hasn’t before.
She is eager for the full-term, live, happy delivery of her baby in a way she hadn’t been before.
When a mother experiences a pregnancy loss, and learns that another mother who has also endured a loss has become pregnant again, she needs to remember that this pregnancy does not take the mother out of grief. It does not remove her from the reality of her loss.
We loss mothers need to encourage one another, be supportive of one another, and be respectful of one another.
Three Little Birds Perinatal & Palliative Care Advocacy & Support Center is proud to be able to support the families we help through loss transition into their new family dynamic as they await the arrival of their rainbow baby!
Our StillBirthday Certified Doulas have resources and information available to support you and your family as you await the arrival of your new baby, all the while honoring the children you have lost in a respectful and loving way. We are available to speak via text, phone, email and in person to discuss your feelings and empower you in your future.
For more information on the support services we provide to our Three Little Birds families experiencing pregnancy after loss, please visit our support page here!
Kristen Samuelson, SBD, Founder & Director