A rainbow is a beautiful arc of color after a storm. Though they have many meanings, the light display most notably represents joy and a fresh start. A rainbow baby is a healthy child born to parents after the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or SIDS. While not new, the term "rainbow baby" is seeing a resurgence in popularity thanks to social media advocacy and support. The term represents a way for mothers who have experienced loss to bond in a time of joy rather than sadness.
Often, mothers who have experienced the loss of a child and then go on to have another experience an array of emotions. Some people call rainbow babies "miracle babies," due to the impact the child has in the wake of a loss. In addition to great joy and sadness, the birth of a new child can bring about feelings of guilt and anxiety. These conflicting emotions are entirely normal, but as with many neonatal and anti-natal situations, they may be difficult to discuss openly and come with many stigmas.
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