What Is The Meaning Of A Rainbow Baby?

Editorial Team

Lately I have been seeing a lot of posts and hashtags about rainbow babies and that got me really curious, I wanted to know the meaning. When i found out the meaning I must admit it made me very happy because it is such a positive term. A rainbow baby is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.

This term was given because a beautiful and bright rainbow always comes after a storm and gives hope of things getting better.The loss of the baby is the storm while the rainbow is the beautiful baby that is born after the loss. A loss of a baby comes with a lot of emotion that a mother still has to deal with for the rest of her life.

So when a couple that have lost a baby get pregnant with another baby at the back of their mind there is always that fear of what if this baby dies also. Most of the time no matter how optimistic they try to be there is always that fear, this is why the birth of a rainbow baby is so special. The process of carrying a rainbow baby to term is filled with a whole lot of different emotion. Some women struggle to enjoy their pregnancy when they are pregnant with a rainbow baby and so the birth is usually a very special moment. 

The rainbow baby doesn’t take the place or replace the baby lost, remember there is a saying that “there would be no rainbow without a storm”. From comments of some women who have had rainbow babies, it is obvious that they see the birth as the beginning of a whole new experience that makes them cherish and appreciate the baby or babies they lost even more.