Saturday, February 9, 2013

Rainbow Babies

Calvin is my Rainbow baby. I have a Facebook based network of Rainbow mommies. Are you wondering what the heck are all this rainbow talk is about? It's ok, most people wonder too. It kinda makes us feel special,  like our own secret little club; but on the other hand we don't want to be a secret. We want awareness and recognition for our sorrow,  pregnancy fears and miracles.  Allow me to explain.......

"Rainbow Babies" is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope.

Are you still confused? The storm represents a pregnancy loss (ANY pregnancy loss), stillborn or infant loss. Loss is a storm of emotions, storm of confusion, and a storm of sadness. These losses become our Angels who were as it's said "too beautiful for earth". After ever storm eventually comes a rainbow. A colorful, bright ray of light through the storm clouds and rain. It's believed that our Angels send the Rainbow at just the right time. 

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day and the whole month is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. On this day pink is worn if you lost a girl, blue if lost a boy and yellow if the gender was not known. Balloon releases are held by families and sometimes by small communities of angel mommies. The day and month was founded in 1985 by Ronald Reagan  It's been in place over twenty years and few know about it. October is most widely known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. Any kind of cancer is a serious matter and the cause is important, but just know it's not the only cause October is about.  This is why we want awareness. Twenty-eight years is a long time to still have few know what October 15th represents. 

Boobies are nice and should be saved...but remember our Angel Babies too! 



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