The emotional fallout from the tragedy of losing a baby is unimaginable – but not for the parents who actually do experience it. That’s one reason why the term “rainbow baby” has caught on as a nickname for babies born shortly after the parents’ loss of a previous baby from miscarriage, stillbirth or death in infancy. The family has weathered the storm of loss, and the birth of a new child brings light and hope like a rainbow might.
In many cases, the online community for parents of rainbow babies has centered on “rainbow moms,” who can find support in forums or hashtags like #IHadaMiscarriage. There have been photoshoots for these moms, and even products like t-shirts or tote bags reading “Mama” and “Babe.” One mom wants to expand the conversation about miscarriage even further, though, to include an often-overlooked person: Dad.