National Rainbow Baby Day
August 22 is National Rainbow Baby Day. I'm a few days late on posting this because I have been happily shooting several sessions, including a really sweet Fresh 48 that will be up on the blog soon!
But, despite my delay, I really wanted to say something because this day is so close to my heart.
You see, I have a rainbow baby of my own. His name is Salem. He is nearly 3, on the Autism spectrum, and is the absolute best thing I ever had to wait 3 years for.
I am 1 in 4. 1 in 4 people who can become pregnant will experience pregnancy loss. My loss was in October 2012, at 10 weeks gestation. I think it is incredibly important to talk about loss and share our experiences. Too many people process their losses silently, because our society doesn't allow enough space for grief. I openly, vocally grieved the loss of what I thought would be my second child right up until the moment my rainbow baby was in my arms. Giving birth to my second baby (an amazing hospital water birth, with the incredible Shannon Crites as my attending midwife, whom I cannot say enough good things about) was an incredible experience that finally allowed me to heal from my miscarriage.
Whether your loss is at 5 weeks, or 15, or 40 or beyond, your feelings are valid. If you feel sad, or relieved, or anything in between. Your feelings are valid, and even though I don't know you, I am holding space for you.