"There is a rainbow of hope at the end of every storm."
Until I had family and friends go through some loss / hard pregnancies, I never realized how common the struggles were. You often see pregnancy announcements and how excited people are with all of the things they've bought for the new baby. It can feel like it's happening to everyone around you.
But what you don't see is how long they've been trying. How common miscarriages are. How many rounds of IVF they've had. How sick they were. How short their baby's life was... Until you or your loved ones decide to have kids, you don't know just how difficult it can really be. And I am so touched when parents are able to open up about their own pregnancy struggles.
Even though I haven't gone through it, I have become passionate about supporting those who have dealt with a loss and want to bring awareness to others who may not realize how many people around them have experienced a miscarriage or fertility struggles. Which is why I'd love to mention that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
This Thursday, October 15 is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Each year thousands of families across Canada mourn the death of their babies. Together, let's help break the silence. As a community, we need to acknowledge the significance of the babies who died too early. They matter to their parents and they made a difference in this world. Simple gestures like lighting a candle for a baby can show parents that you care and want to support them.
Even though miscarrying & fertility struggles are some of the most stigmatized, isolating and loneliest things in the world there are tons of families who have gone through the exact same thing, some of whom are probably closer to you than you think, and you really are not alone.
In honour of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I'd love to share the gallery of this Summerland newborn rainbow baby. In 2019, her mom was shattered when their first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. It didn't take long for them to get pregnant again with this little rainbow, but that doesn't mean it made for an easy pregnancy. In addition to the chaos Covid threw their way, they dealt with a roller coaster of emotions, always fearing loss could happen any day. I truly appreciate being able to learn about their journey and meet their little miracle.
One baby does not replace another, but that one baby taught this Summerland couple to appreciate how precious life is, and showed them how much more a heart could grow, even when it was breaking.
Nicole Hemeon Photography specializes in motherhood photography such as maternity, newborn, babies & milestones, as well as landscapes in the Okanagan area, including Peachland, Summerland, West Kelowna, Penticton and Kelowna, British Columbia.
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