Losing a child before they are even born is a harrowing experience for a mother.
A neonatal death tends to crush a mama’s heart and spirals her into a depression along with a slough of other mental problems, ones that are very hard to tunnel out of.
But when she becomes pregnant again after a stillbirth or similar, she feels hopeful once again.
Sure, the fear is still there, an eerie feeling of incompetence, thinking she isn’t worthy of being a mom and that she was being punished by God, but there is also this warm feeling, a rainbow of hope that fills her heart, knowing that she was given another chance to bring a new life to this world.
A baby that is lost through neonatal death is called an angel baby.
We call it that because some people consider that they’re still around, looking over their grieving parents, remaining as a protector, and blessing their parents with a second chance – the new baby after them – because they don’t want to see their parents in tatters.
The baby that comes right after a stillborn one is what we call a rainbow baby.
It’s what gives grieving parents hope after suffering a baby loss and is arguably the best gift they could receive.
And one can make sure that they’ll pour all of their love into their precious rainbow baby gift.
But what’s the best way to encapsulate this parental outpouring of love?
Well, it’s different for everyone, but I have managed to scrounge up a fair number of rainbow baby quotes that represent the special ways that parents feel when they find out about their rainbow baby through a sonogram scan or otherwise.
23 Best Rainbow Baby Quotes
1. “Your fingerprints are on my heart.” – Tom Krause
2. “The pain you have been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming.” – Romans 8:18
3. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning
4. “She is the gold at the end of our rainbow.” – Unknown
5. “When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with its aftermath. It means something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy, and hope.” – Unknown
6. “When we lose one blessing, another is most often unexpectedly given in its place.” – C. S. Lewis
7. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” – Corinthians 13:7-8
8. “Every storm has a rainbow that comes right after.” – Unknown
9. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
10. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the ocean.” – Isak Dinesen
11. “I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that you have prepared.” – Exodus 23:20
12. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver
13. “Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.” – Robert Motherwell
14. “For love is as strong as death.” – Song of Solomon 8:6
15. “Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain; but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.” – Unknown
16. “An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth. Then whispered as she closed the book, ‘too beautiful for earth.'” – Unknown
17. “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” — Yip Harburg (Over the Rainbow)
18. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – A. A. Milne
19. “Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.” – The Prophet
20. “The greater your storm, the brighter your rainbow.” – Unknown
21. “Everyone looks forward to seeing the rainbow after the storm passes.” – Unknown
22. “After a storm, there is a rainbow of hope.” – Unknown
23. “I believe that God sent you into my life to give me something to fight for, to show me there is love in this world, to give me hope and bring me joy. All the proof in God I need is in you. You are a gift from the heavens.” – Unknown
Where To Use These Rainbow Baby Quotes?
Naturally, once you receive the gift of a rainbow baby after a pregnancy loss, the best way you could lift your spirits is through a baby shower where you invite all the people who normally support you.
Trust me, being surrounded by friends and loved ones is probably the healthiest way of coping with trauma and sensitively celebrating your new gift of hope.
So get some chalkboards to write your inspirational quotes on, send some invites to people for the pregnancy announcement, get the paper mache and the watercolors, and prepare for the day that celebrates your new baby girl or baby boy – your Rainbow Baby Day.
It might be difficult for you to do so if you’re still grieving for your angel baby, but you don’t have to exclude them out of the celebration either.
Make it a day about both of them, almost like you were having twins. You can even give them baby names that complement one another.
Just try to relax and enjoy yourself, mama; people will be there to help comfort you through these rocky times.
Final Words For Struggling Mothers
The truth is that this is a rather heavy topic to try and talk about and I know that no amount of nursery decor, baby announcement parties, or famous quotes will get you out of your miscarriage maelstroms.
I can’t really relate to those feelings and I am thankful that I haven’t had such a harrowing event occur to me.
I don’t know how I’d personally deal with it, and I only have the utmost respect for all of you that have managed to come out on top through an infant loss.
I was initially hesitant to write about this as I did not want to touch upon any nerves, but I decided that it was necessary to try and provide some sort of comfort to my fellow mamas – my sisters if you will.
I know other moms who have gone through the painful feeling of stillbirth who haven’t had the gift of a miracle baby graced upon them afterwards and they were a mess every time, which is only natural.
Losing any loved one, especially your own expectant child, is like getting crushed by a boulder, but a thousand times worse.
I could barely stomach hearing that I could not give a natural birth the first time around and that I had to get a caesarean section done (thankfully everything was okay).
I’d be shattered into tiny little motes of dust if that had gone wrong. I can only begin to imagine what it’s been like for all of you reading this.
The most important thing to know though is that you are not alone. You’re never alone, my fellow moms.
You have friends, you have family, and most importantly you have your angel baby up there watching over you still, nestled in your heart and eagerly expecting their new baby brother or sister to come to this world so they could watch them grow into a lovely little person.
All of these people care about you and will try their best to help you through your conflicting emotions.
Even if there aren’t many people around you, you can always come and message me. I’ll try my best to provide support for you.
I am no medical professional, but I can be a friend and I’ll try and give you the support that you so desperately need.
In any case, that is it for me this time around.
I hope this little article has helped you find some semblance of peace in your big and loving hearts, as my goal is only to try and heal.
And don’t forget, you will always have a friend in me, if anything. Until next time.
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