A Rainbow baby is a child born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or infant loss.
Did you know that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a loss?
Not 1 in 4 women - 1 in 4 pregnancies.
Since most women become pregnant more than once in their lives, that drastically increases the chances that she'll suffer a loss. That means that this loss affects a lot more than just 1 in 4 women!
In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.”
Each of these amazing women below has experienced the loss of a pregnancy (or pregnancies). Some of them are pregnant with their rainbow baby. Some of them are holding their rainbow baby. Some of them are both.
Their stories matter.
Your story matters.
These amazing mamas were strangers when they arrived for our photography session that evening in Perdido Key, FL.
Each of the pregnant mamas are due within a month of each other, and by the end of our sunset session, they were all friends. In fact, they're still in touch with on another on their journey!
Have you or someone you know suffered a loss?
Whether you realize it or not, the answer is yes.
Here's a link to a great website with information on how you can support a friend or family member who's going through or has gone through a loss.
A rainbow is a promise of sunshine after rain, of calm after storms, of joy after sadness, of peace after pain, and of love after loss.
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This year's Global Big Latch on with Belly to Cradle, LLC was such a fun event! Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola kindly gave us use of the Greenhut Auditorium for the event and it was amazing to have all of that space to meet local breastfeeding moms and area businesses.
This event also featured local businesses (listed below) geared towards families, moms, babies, and/or breastfeeding. Businesses also donated raffle prizes for this Non-Profit event with proceeds going to benefit one of Sacred Heart Hospital Children's Hospital underfunded mother-baby projects.
Just before the Big Latch On itself, this year's speaker - Kelly Rowland, local mom, business coach, and host of The Balanced Podcast shared about her NICU experience with her twins, life as a mom, and the upcoming release of her new book!
Then, the highlight of the event: at 10:30 am (CST), moms from all of the globe latched on and nursed their babies together!
After the Latch On, we wrapped up the morning by drawing raffle prizes donated by some amazing local businesses.
Throughout the event, yours truly was set up in the atrium offering free breastfeeding portraits to any and all attendees. Below is just a sampling...
A finally, a list of all of the amazing local vendors who helped make this event what it was!
MOMS Club of Pensacola-SW-FL
MOMS Club of Pensacola-NE, FL
MOMS Club of Pace/Milton
Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition
Emerald Coast Alliance for Breastfeeding Support
Community Health Northwest Florida
Natalie Zepp Photography
The Strength Group
Lauren Maschner, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant
Advanced Dental Concepts
Margeaux Gibson, Heart-Centered Holistic Therapy for Women
Pensacola Kids Dentistry
Treehouse Therapies, LLC
Over The Moon Prenatal Massage
Simply Royal Princess Parties
Additional raffle items contributed by:
Emily Ehlinger/Renu - A Skin Studio
Angela Jarvis/ Mydetoxhealth
Mom Bodies Physical Therapy
Nested Bean, Inc
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, mom-bun rocking, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.
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Family Photography, Newborn Photography, Maternity photography, and Birth photography
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