Erin Young Portrait Design is a Rochester Mn Photographer. She has been photographing babies, children, weddings and high school seniors for 17 years here in Rochester Mn.  Rochester Mn photographers have a lot of variety, some do just babies, some do just weddings and some do just seniors.  Erin doesn’t really have a niche, she loves photographing all subjects and things.  She likes the challenge of a changing subject and it gives her joy to have a variety in her work.  Her favorite though is newborn babies.   A lot of couples get married here in Rochester Mn in hopes to start a family soon after.   Today we will talk about rainbow babies.  What are they?

When you see that second pink line on a pregnancy test, your whole life transforms in the blink of an eye. Having a baby is an experience unlike any other in your lifetime, and you are filled with joy, hope, and expectation. Alongside this joy though, comes the fear of miscarriage, stillbirth, or loss of the baby you’ve dreamed about so fervently. But what about the women who do experience the tragedy of losing a baby? How do they live through the unimaginable pain and sadness? And what happens when they eventually go on to have another baby after such a crippling loss? This is what it means to have a rainbow baby.

What is a Rainbow Baby?

A rainbow baby is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death in infancy. This term is given to these special rainbow babies because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what’s to come.

What Makes A Rainbow Baby So Special?

Having a baby soon after losing one brings a slew of emotions, and many rainbow moms will tell you that not all are positive emotions. Many mothers who have weathered the loss and gone on to have another baby feel a tremendous sense of self-doubt and guilt at times. They fear that others will think they have gotten over their previous loss, or that they have moved on or replaced their baby. They fear that having a rainbow baby after stillbirth in some way dishonors their baby who has passed, and that the joy of the next baby will prevent the mother from properly grieving.

But a rainbow baby does not mean that your loss should be forgotten; such a devastating loss can never be forgotten. Rather, your rainbow baby will carry the torch of the love you will always have for the child you lost, and when you hold that precious baby in your arms, you will fully understand the meaning of the term. The beautiful rainbow baby stories told by rainbow moms are triumphant tales of renewal and healing; the underlying emotions ranging from bittersweet happiness to overwhelming joy.

Photography of Rainbow Babies in Rochester Mn help healing for those grieving.

It’s a wonderful thing to have photos of your precious baby as a newborn.  They fall fast asleep and curl in into wonderful little poses.  Rainbow colors are incorporated to recognize that even after a storm comes something beautiful.  Sharing these newborn images online could give even one person that glimmer of hope that there’s something amazing that will come of their tragedy, it makes everything we’ve ever been through all worth it and more.

If you have had that storm and are receiving a rainbow baby, please contact me. I would love to help you find peace in beautiful imagery that you can cherish forever.  Erin Young Portrait Design is now starting a Rainbow Baby Gallery and each rainbow baby that comes to the studio will get an extra gift with their newborn photography session.