A Rainbow Baby is just such a special baby, a mixture of sadness and happiness all in one tiny little person. All of last year, I offered one FREE Rainbow Mini Shoot every month in memory of, and to honour my own Rainbow Twins. I will be continuing to do these shoots in 2020 and currently have Rainbow Babies booked in up to March 2020……….but due dates in other months will still be considered. These are always booked on a first come first served basis. To apply for these shoots, I do need you to apply by e-mail with your due date and a little explanation about why you deserve to be considered for one of these FREE Rainbow Mini Shoots.
A “Rainbow Baby” is a term that is used to describe a baby who born into a family following a previous pregnancy which resulted in a miscarriage, premature birth, still birth, or infant death. The rainbow symbolises the hope that this new baby brings to the family without forgetting the impact of the storm of losing a child. Baby Loss by miscarriage is something which is very close to my heart and something which happens to more people than you would imagine. It is also a subject that is rarely spoken about.
Our latest Rainbow baby to grace our blog is the gorgeous Noah Steve Irma. Here is his Mummy, Jenny’s Story.
In my first pregnancy I had no problems, everything was fine and I had a daughter in 2016.
I got pregnant again in 2017 everything was fine although did have some bleeding early on, but had a scan and everything was fine. I had my 12 week scan and we saw the heartbeat and baby was growing well.
Then came a routine midwife appointment at 16 weeks where you get to listen to the heartbeat by a Doppler but the midwife couldn’t find one. I wasn’t overly worried at this point as they are known to be hard to get a heartbeat. She then found someone to scan me it was New Year’s Eve and the doctor spent ages looking at the screen but I could tell that she couldn’t find a heartbeat either. To be told the words that our baby was dead was absolutely devastating and on New Year’s Eve.
What came next was really hard I had to give birth to my baby. It was a very difficult thing to do but as they say life goes on I had a daughter who needed me and got me through.
I then found out I was pregnant a few months after it was not planned but none the less I had an early scan and unfortunately was told there was no heartbeat at 8-9 weeks. This was another crushing blow! I thought not again why is this happening?
A few more months went on more than at last, I found out I was pregnant again I couldn’t get excited again. I had an early scan and to be told those earth shattering words…” There is no heartbeat” again. I was around 8-9 weeks and I thought not again my third miscarriage all in the same year. We found it so hard but we had a child and she needed us. We didn’t really talk about trying again. First we were going to have tests to find out if there was a problem. I received an appointment letter to see a specialist which later got cancelled. I hadn’t heard for ages when the appointment would be re-scheduled and I would be seen, so I contacted them, only to be told would be months before I got another appointment.
I didn’t want to wait to see if there were any answers so I decided to go private. I received my appointment which was in a few weeks time, but around this time I found out I was pregnant again. I cancelled the appointment but would contact them if the inevitable was to happen again.
I went for an early scan at 5-6 weeks and we had a heartbeat I couldn’t get excited as it was still early especially after what had happened previously. I then had a scan every 2 weeks to see if the pregnancy was continuing. Every time we got a bit further on. I hated going to every scan in case they said those words but every scan we got further and we got passed the dreaded 16 weeks the first time we lost a baby. I was very apprehensive throughout the whole of this pregnancy, but I was well monitored.
Then on 20th November 2019, I gave birth to our rainbow baby, Noah. We couldn’t have been happier!! We will never forget the babies we lost. They will always be a part of us, but now our family is complete.
I saw a post on Facebook about a free rainbow baby shoot and I thought what better way to make our baby birth than with a photo shoot, I applied for it and was selected. We were contacted to arrange a day to go for our shoot.
Unfortunately on the day of our shoot, Noah decided that he wouldn’t sleep so Tracey-Anne had her work cut out for her trying to get the right poses. But, eventually he did go to sleep but not for long! Tracey-Anne managed to get some pictures even though it took well over the time she had allowed for our shoot. Tracey-Anne was very professional and we can’t wait to see our pictures.