Here's An Adorable Way To Honor Rainbow Babies -- And Mamas, Too

by Maria Guido
Image via Katherine Emrick

Rainbow Babe and Mama tees are an adorable way to celebrate your strength

Approximately one in four pregnancies end in loss — yet it’s still such a lonely and isolating experience. Thankfully, women are beginning to share their stories more and more, which is so important. Speaking of a pregnancy loss was once so taboo — but women are breaking down the barriers that leave us isolated after these experiences by talking about them, and also celebrating our strength in getting through such a difficult time.

If you’ve endured the experience of pregnancy loss — you are a warrior. You are a survivor. And why shouldn’t that be celebrated?

Dr. Jessica Zucker is a psychologist and writer specializing in women’s reproductive and maternal mental health. She was in the field for years before experiencing her own miscarriage at 16 weeks. Her experience led her to write extensively on the topic and even launch the hashtag #IHadAMiscarriage to attempt to remove some of the stigma surrounding an experience that so many women have. It also led her to the idea to create pregnancy loss cards, to acknowledge those who are going through one. She’s now launched the second installment of the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign: honoring rainbow babies and mothers.

She’s created T-shirts and totes for rainbow mamas and rainbow babies in honor of Pregnancy + Infant Loss Awareness Day. Photographers Vaughn Dabney shot a beautiful portfolio and all proceeds go to The Birth Hour, a podcast that enables women to hear each other’s birth stories.

Image via Vaughn Dabney

“These items break silence and shatter taboos around this very poignant and ubiquitous experience,” Zucker tells Scary Mommy. “Some people say, you don’t know about miscarriage until you enter the secret society.’ This part of my campaign continues to promote connection.”

Items will be available as of today in Zucker’s online shop. Totes are $5 (sold separately, but free of charge when purchasing tees), Mama tee is $30, and Babe tee is $26.

These items work against the shame and instead show a sense of pride for our histories/journeys and allow women to say “I had a miscarriage/pregnancy loss(es)” without saying it outright,” she explains.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, and these are a great reminder that so many of us share this experience. If one person who’s experiencing grief or loss gets the silent nod of connection when they see this shirt, the whole campaign will be worth it.