National Rainbow Baby Day :: 19 Resources for Parents

resources for national rainbow baby day

National Rainbow Baby Day is August 22. While this may seem like a joyous occasion to those who haven’t experienced it, rainbow babies can bring complicated emotions for those who are expecting a rainbow baby or have given birth to a rainbow baby.

A rainbow baby is a healthy baby born after the loss of another child, either from miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or infant death.The rainbow symbolizes the miracle after the dark storm of grief of losing a child. While of course most parents feel overjoyed when they are expecting a rainbow baby, it can bring up feelings of guilt and fear all over again.

If you are expecting a rainbow baby, waiting for a rainbow baby, or raising a rainbow baby, below is a list of organizations, resources, and helpful articles for whatever you may be feeling.

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Rainbow Baby Organizations 

Bereaved Parents of the USA: A volunteer-run group of parents whose children have died, BPUSA provides an outlet for grief and sharing, as well as celebrating the lives of their children.

International Stillbirth Alliance: A prevention group that connects families and medical professionals around the world to prevent newborn death and support affected families. 

March of Dimes: Perhaps one of the best-known organizations for mothers and babies, March of Dimes is a leader in advocacy and education of not just parents-to-be but medical professionals as well. Their literature on infant loss and grief is robust.  resources for miscarriage pregnancy after loss

Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (MEND): MEND is a Christian nonprofit organization that reaches out to families after the loss of a baby. It publishes a free magazine, holds commemorative ceremonies, and hosts support groups all over the country. 

Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS): A community of support for pregnant mothers who have experienced loss, either through virtual groups or in-person events.

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support: This group primarily seeks to support families who lose a baby during pregnancy, stillbirth, or in infancy. It also seeks to provide resources and education on the needs and rights of grieving parents and siblings.

Still Mothers: Still Mothers is a supportive space for women who have lost a child and do not go on to have a “rainbow child” after that loss.

Through the Heart: Pregnancy loss support and education for parents and those close to them. Through the Heart also gives away “comfort kits” to parents who have lost a child.  

Tommy’s: This is the largest UK research center and charity focused on learning causes and prevention of pregnancy complications, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, and neonatal death.  

Unspoken Grief: A safe online venue to share the hard road of loss after miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal loss. You can share and read stories from others who have been impacted by this type of grief.

Articles, Blogs, & Other Resources

A newborn baby is a precious, especially if he or she is a rainbow baby.

Chelsea has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She blogs about sustainable fashion, clean beauty, sewing, and intentional living. A Northeastern native, Chelsea now calls the mid-cities home with her husband, Travis; son, Logan; daughter, Alba; and rescue dog, Argos.


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