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National Rainbow Baby Day

August 22, 2023

“National Rainbow Baby Day is celebrated annually on August 22. It’s a day when families throughout the country commemorate the lives of their lost infants while also celebrating motherhood. A rainbow baby is a child delivered to a family who has previously experienced stillbirth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or infant mortality. These subsequent pregnancies can cause intense anxiety, guilt, and even dread, as well as joy and healing. The name ‘rainbow’ refers to the child’s ability to bring optimism and relief after the emotional storm of a previous loss.

Pregnancy loss and rainbow infants have been around since the dawn of time, but the holiday to honor them is relatively recent. National Rainbow Baby Day was established in 2018 by the charity What The Fertility, founded by Alexis DelChiaro. The former T.V. personality and anchor claims that becoming a mother and raising her children was her genuine calling and passion. She developed National Rainbow Baby Day as a result of her experience.

Miscarriages, stillbirths, and infant loss are sometimes compared to a storm in terms of sadness and anguish. A rainbow baby is a successful pregnancy following a failed one. By 2008, the expression appeared in Christie Brooks’ collection “Our Heartbreaking Choices” in an article called ‘Forty-Six Women Tell Their Stories of Interrupting a Much-Wanted Pregnancy.’ As a result, the term gained traction on the internet in mother-to-mother forums, aided by the de-stigmatization of miscarriages in popular culture.

In their 2015 picture book, “A Rainbow Baby Story,” Crystal Falk and Kim Roman gave care and advice to families on the subject. Celebrities who have had rainbow babies, such as Beyoncé and Jay Z, are occasionally featured on popular websites and magazines. Rainbow babies symbolize a lot of things: love, hope, and new beginnings. Their very existence is a gift their parents never imagined they might get. Talking about rainbow babies is also essential because it can make parents who have lost a child feel less alone. That is why the day has been designated a national holiday.” – National Today


August 22, 2023