Home & Garden Home What Is a 'Rainbow' Baby? By Jenn Savedge Writer University of Strathclyde Ithaca College Jenn Savedge is an environmental author and lecturer. She’s a former national park ranger who has written three books on eco-friendly living our editorial process Jenn Savedge Updated May 18, 2020 Millions of women have suffered the loss of miscarriage. Their courage to try again inspired this photographic tribute. (Photo: Snapshot from video) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Family Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating When Alexandra Bolen was pregnant earlier this year, she connected online with other moms, several of whom were pregnant after suffering a loss during a previous pregnancy. That's when Bolen first heard the term "rainbow baby," and it's when she decided to use her skills as a photographer to pay tribute to these mothers and help them share their stories. So What Is a Rainbow Baby? A rainbow baby is a child born to a mother who has suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth in a previous pregnancy. For many grieving mothers, this baby is the light that comes after the tragedy of losing a baby — just like a rainbow. How Bolen Created the Beautiful Image Bolen recruited six of these mothers to help her with her photographic tribute to rainbow babies and their mothers. "I was all kinds of nervous," Bolen told her local NBC affiliate, "In my gut I wanted to nail this. Not just for my creative heart but for these moms, for their beautiful angels in heaven." Bolen's photo (pictured above,) features six mothers of rainbow babies, some of them still pregnant, against a backdrop of rainbow-hued smoke bombs. After sharing it on Facebook on her Shutter Darling Photography Studio page, the pic went viral with tens of thousands of likes, shares and comments. Here's the prose she included with her picture: "A rainbow is a promise of sunshine after rain of calm after storms of joy after sadness of peace after pain of love after loss." Bolen's viral photo is one of many that have been posted on social media sites in recent years to call attention to the mothers who have suffered from a loss during pregnancy and the courage and commitment it takes for those mothers to keep trying for a new baby while still grieving the babies they will never meet.