Moms Who Once Lost Children Pose With Their ‘Rainbow Babies’ to Instill Hope in Other Moms Moms Who Once Lost Children Pose With Their ‘Rainbow Babies’ to Instill Hope in Other Moms
Missouri photographer Alexandra Bolen of Shutter Darling Photographysaid she first learned of the term “rainbow baby” while she was pregnant with her first daughter,... Moms Who Once Lost Children Pose With Their ‘Rainbow Babies’ to Instill Hope in Other Moms

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.”

Obinna Onyia

  • Samantha

    November 16, 2016 #1 Author

    Beautiful

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  • Nicole

    November 16, 2016 #2 Author

    So beautiful….

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  • Shakitha McDuff

    November 16, 2016 #3 Author

    Beautiful picture!

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  • Sydnei

    November 16, 2016 #4 Author

    Love this

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  • Marie Smiley

    November 16, 2016 #5 Author

    That was nice of her. I too suffered a miscarriage. She should make that a movement.

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  • Annie Heaston

    November 16, 2016 #6 Author

    I think that this picture is a beautiful way that the mom’s can express themselves on how happy they are about being a new mom.

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  • Estefania Velazquez

    November 16, 2016 #7 Author

    I never knew that miscarriage was so common until I went through it my self , 2 times before I got my rainbow baby. Stories like this gives hope. 💖😊

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  • Ashley

    November 16, 2016 #8 Author

    So Beautiful ❤️🏳️‍🌈 I Had A Friend That Lost A Baby And She’s The STRONGEST Person I Ever Met My Prayers Goes Out To All Women That Lose Thier Kids I Know How Much Of A Struggle It Can Be Trying To Live Your Life Normally Without Your Child 😢

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    • Ashley

      November 16, 2016 #9 Author

      So It’s Really Inspiring To See Other Women That Went Through The Same Thing She Did And Still Found Happiness I camt Wait To Share This With Her

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  • Shirley

    November 16, 2016 #10 Author

    Really beautiful

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  • Estefania Velazquez

    November 16, 2016 #11 Author

    I never knew that miscarriage was so common until I went through it my self , 2 times before I got my rainbow baby. Stories like this gives hope., don’t give up💖😊

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  • Shonda

    November 16, 2016 #12 Author

    I would love to do this so sweet

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  • Ambre

    November 16, 2016 #13 Author

    That is beautiful. Everyone needs someone and or something to help them get threw something that has disturbed your life. Amazing how these ladies were able to be there for one another

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  • Kourtney

    November 16, 2016 #14 Author

    My newborn is a rainbow baby. It was definitely a challenging and risky pregnancy this time around. I was nervous about going full term and all of the tests that involved radiation that I had to take. I felt like anything would affect me having a healthy baby this time around. Must say I am truly blessed.

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  • Lacresha

    November 16, 2016 #15 Author

    Awww this is so beautiful!!!!

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