Missouri photographer Alexandra Bolen of Shutter Darling Photographysaid she first learned of the term “rainbow baby” while she was pregnant with her first daughter, Haven, who was born healthy in April.
“I was part of an online mom group, and quite a few of them were miscarrying,” Bolen told InsideEdition.com. “I was a first-time mom, and all these people were going through crazy things.”
When she met the mothers expecting rainbow babies, or the baby that follows one lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal birth, she knew she wanted to put together a photo shoot that captured the sentiment.
She then decided she wanted to feature six women, wearing six colors, in front of six smoke bombs that emitted the vibrant colors of the rainbow.
Bolen then posted on Facebook looking for women who were expecting rainbow babies, and chose women with the most diverse stories, including a mother who suffered six losses before becoming pregnant with her rainbow baby.
Hannah Peltonen, who wore a purple gown from Sew Trendy Accessories, lost her first child, Flora June, in stillbirth when she was 33 weeks in July 2015. Peltonen said she hosted her baby shower just the weekend before.
“Giving birth is hard enough as it is, much less knowing you have to give birth to your baby after she’s already passed away,” Peltonen told InsideEdition.com. “Going through pregnancy after loss is a trial within itself. Every day, waking up wondering if your baby’s going to make it or not. I was 33 weeks along the first time, so I thought I was safe.”
Peltonen, who posed with her baby girl Caprielle Rose in Bolen’s portrait, says it was the perfect opportunity for her to honor Flora June.
“It’s definitely helpful healing knowing that you’re not alone, and that there’s other mamas out there wishing they had their babies in their arms,” Peltonen told InsideEdition.com. “[But] my baby is up in heaven, looking down on us, proud.”