What does it mean when I say that my daughter is my ‘Rainbow Baby’? A ‘Rainbow Baby’ is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or an infant loss. Just like a beautiful and bright rainbow comes after a storm and gives hope of things getting better, a rainbow baby also brings light in the parent’s life after going through the loss of a baby due to miscarriage. We use the term “rainbow” quite often, especially when we have kids around. So often that even our pictures are loaded with them. But what meaning does it hold when I say that she is my Rainbow baby?
My husband and I decided to have a baby. My pregnancy happened soon enough. We were on top of the world sharing our sweet news with friends and family. Though the conditions in my pregnancy were a little complicated, it was all forgotten in the joy we had. One morning, we got to know that we have lost our baby in a miscarriage. We were devastated to the core with no family around us to guide and support as we resided out of India. After the depression, medication and trying for many months, I had almost given up. But then, there it was! A pregnancy test I had taken with no expectations turned out to be positive. We faced a lot during the second pregnancy too. Even a similar miscarriage incident occurred where we thought we lost the baby again. But against all odds, that day turned out to be the day I heard the heartbeat of my baby for the first time. I experienced extreme joy during my whole pregnancy along with tremendous fear overriding it. This was the fear that I might lose my baby any day any minute. The day of my delivery arrived. There were complications, my baby had to struggle for her breath inside me and I had to undergo an emergency C-section. That’s how she came into our lives! Our daughter, our rainbow baby – perfectly healthy and happy!
We never forget our angel babies, but the rainbow babies help the depressed parents to have a new hope. They especially help the parents who’ve lost their grown child right from their arms to fate, to live through the unimaginable pain and sadness. My rainbow baby somehow lives perfectly to the name. The joy she brought into our lives has been extraordinary. We can’t imagine our lives without this bundle of joy that God has blessed us with.
Cheers to all the Mamas and their rainbow babies!
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