Incredible Image of 'Rainbow Babies' Brings Joy & Hope to Moms Who Lost a Child (PHOTO)

Isn't it interesting how art and life intersect? Blogger Chasity Boatman, of Every Child Is a Blessing: The Journey Through My Pregnancy, had no idea a photo she found on Pinterest of what appeared to be seven women carrying rainbow babies would spark such an open dialogue about life and pregnancy after the loss of a child.

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What's even more remarkable is that the Russian photographers, Natalia Karpovovy and Elena Gannenko (Chasity was able to track them down), simply took photos of women at a festival, and had never heard of the term rainbow baby.

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In case you aren't familiar, a "rainbow baby" represents a child who is born following a miscarriage or loss of a baby -- including neonatal death and stillbirth. While the women in the photograph aren't pregnant with rainbow babies, many mothers who've had a rainbow child can identify with the imagery.

"I love the hope and joy that 'rainbow babies' give to women who have struggled with conception and been through incredible losses," Chasity told The Stir. "I hope that my responses back and forth with women on 'rainbow babies' help them feel supported and loved -- and that their struggles with conception and loss are being heard by someone."

Who loves this "rainbow babies" photo? A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth,...

Posted by Every Child is a Blessing: The Journey Through My Pregnancy on Sunday, September 20, 2015

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I must admit that I too have never heard the term rainbow baby before, but have three friends who've dealt with child loss and, in time, had a baby. I can only imagine how their families coped and the amount of strength needed to share such a story. Even though this photo isn't of women pregnant with rainbow children, it's still beautiful -- and can be used to convey so many sentiments that words might not be able to express.

Who knew this wonderful post would have such a lasting effect on us all? Thank you Chasity for sharing, and thank you to the photographers who took this photo, as it has transformed into a springboard of support and honest discussion.

 

Image via Natalia Karpovovy and Elena Gannenko

 

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