Pregnancy Loss and Rainbow Babies
Infertility and pregnancy loss are painful parts of the motherhood journey for many women.
A "loss mom" is a woman who has lost a child before, during or after birth. 1 in 4 pregnancies will result in loss, many within the first weeks and without explanation.
A "rainbow baby" is a healthy baby born following a miscarriage or still birth. The rainbow is analogous to the hope one might feel in the life of this new child after loss. Pregnancies after tragedy, however "successful", are complicated emotional experiences that may impact maternal mental health and attachment.
Some parents experience multiple losses and even after delivering a healthy child, anxiety and grief remain.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act. Resolve has a great database of peer led support groups on topics related to infertility, parenting after infertility, adoption, etc.
If you would like to help someone you know who has experienced a loss, look here.