Olympia Newborn Photographer – Joy and sorrow: Your rainbow baby session


The loss of a child, whether it is the result of miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or infant loss, is painful beyond words. And a newborn baby brings joy beyond words. But when both happen in a short time, it is difficult to experience both the grief and the joy simultaneously. One way to acknowledge both is a rainbow baby photography session.

The expression “rainbow baby” refers to a baby that is born following a loss such as a miscarriage or other loss of a baby. It is a symbol of hope, as a lovely rainbow gives us hope after a devastating storm.

Well-meaning people may suggest that the new baby will allow you to “forget.” But you don’t want to forget. There is no forgetting. No “moving on.” Still, you may feel that in your excitement and your happiness over this new life, you are turning your back on the precious, tiny life that was lost. You feel heartbroken, terrified, joyous, grateful. You may feel enormously protective of both your babies. The one you can hold in your arms and the one you cannot. This is right. They are, after all, both your children. You want to cherish every moment of your children’s existence. And you can, and you should.

One way to capture this special and complicated time is by scheduling a rainbow baby photography session that celebrates your beautiful new baby while at the same time, paying tribute to your beautiful angel baby. A sensitive, caring photographer can capture both the joy and the sorrow and help you hold both of your babies in your heart forever.  For more information, please contact us.

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