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Over the Rainbow: Rainbow Baby Definition

Over the Rainbow: Rainbow Baby Definition

I debated for a really long time whether or not I should write about this topic. My hesitation stems from the fact that I’ve not personally experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of an infant. I’m an outsider to the grief and heartbreak that accompanies these life-altering situations and the ripple effect it has from then on. Not only am I an outsider when it comes to the emotions, but also some of the terminology as well. Some frequent terms I’ve heard when it comes to this subject are:

Sunshine baby

Angel baby

Rainbow baby

Golden baby

Of these four names, I’ve most commonly heard of angel baby and rainbow baby. I think angel baby has been the most straightforward name to me, but the term rainbow baby has become (in my opinion) more and more common in the past couple of years. It has had me questioning if I have my definitions right. In assuming I’m not the only one who isn’t quite sure of the meaning of these terms, I ultimately chose to insert myself into this topic on our blog to educate, despite my lack of personal experience. A sunshine baby is a baby that is born before a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. This baby signifies the sunshine and calm before the storm. And because they remain the youngest after such a loss, they tend to bring a lot of joy, sweetness, and moral support to families going through the grieving process. An angel baby is the baby that has passed away whether before being born or shortly after. A rainbow baby is the baby that is born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. This baby signifies the peace that comes after a storm. I’ve often heard moms describe these babies as ‘healing babies’. A golden baby is the baby that is born after a rainbow baby. This baby signifies the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, and the luck parents feel at having two healthy babies in a row.

I know that not all of these terms are widely used, but in researching the topic, I was fascinated at the phrases and meanings that many families use. Perhaps some of these don’t adequately label all of the feelings and roles that some of these babies fill, but I found the sentiment very sweet. Not all families experience all four of these, and many families experience multiple combinations of babies surrounding an angel baby. No matter the combinations, or stage of the storm, the love associated with such a difficult life trial undoubtedly dives deep. And though the hurt may never fully go away, it’s a miracle that many are greeted with rainbows, in various forms, to suggest that peace and joy are not forever lost. Personally, I think women and families going through the storm of loss are among the strongest on this planet, some may even say SUPERHEROES.

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Carrie Higgins - August 16, 2022

I didn’t know about rainbow babies or angel babies or any of these names or terms I thank you for posting this that way it makes a little peace in my heart for my son had lost I have a 25-year-old son Anthony and my daughter Alina is 21 I had Adrian I was a stillborn and then I had Erica but her middle name is Angel who is 16 and then I have amora who 13 … My daughter Alina name my grandson after my son that we lost so that way we can have an Adrian and be able to keep his name around and give it some life . I love my kids and there hearts . Cuz I did not go through this alone they went through it with me and still do we go to the cemetery every year on his birthday and even though I’m not in the city they still go thank you for your knowledge and for posting this for others to see it helps thank you

Jaide - May 17, 2022

Is there a name for a 3rd baby being born healthy after an ‘Angel Baby’?
I only ask & search so hard to find an answer, or suggestion, due to me having given birth to 4 girls: an Angel Baby, a Rainbow Baby, a Golden Baby & my youngest born after that.
I almost feel my youngest doesnt have a meaning for how much of a miracle she is, especially being a Domestic Violence survivor during and after pregnancy. Both lucky to be alive if i am totally honest..
Just really hoping SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE, can help me answer this.. Maybe even fix the situation by spreading the word and recording results pf what others suggest to bring to this list here. Thankyou for reading. Hope to hear back from somebody, at least 😊

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