Rainbow Baby newborn sessions to honour and inspire - The Milky Way

Rainbow Baby newborn sessions to honour and inspire

A rainbow baby is a baby born after parents have previously experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other natural causes.

A newborn photography session for a rainbow baby is usually filled with lots of emotion – it’s a reminder of the sadness of the previous loss, an honouring of the memory of the lost baby, but ultimately a celebration of the life of this new baby.

Newborn photographers usually incorporate rainbow colours into their setups to indicate that this is a rainbow baby. They do this through props, headbands, wraps, or other creative additions to their setup.

Some of our Newborn Retreat Students kindly shared these beautiful inspirational images with us.

baby in bowl at the end of a button rainbow
Simply Captured Photography
baby in bowl on a rainbow background
Simply Captured Photography
newborn in a a ring of coloured flowers
Jessica Esplin Photography
newborn in potato sack pose with rainbow wraps behind
Jennifer Carney Photography
newborn with coloured headband
All Mine Photography
newborn wrapped baby holding felt rainbow
Melissa Marie Photographer
baby sleeping in bed of colourful flowers
All Mine Photography
newborn wrapped in rainbow coloured wraps
Silveira’s Touch Photography
sleeping newborn in bed of rainbow wool felt
The Rabbit’s Thicket

Although incorporating rainbow colours is the most common way of marking rainbow babies, sometimes the lost baby (or babies) are honoured in different ways, like this touching tribute to lost twin brothers.

newborn posed in bowl with 2 teddy bears beside her
Four Fireflies Photography

Regardless of how you choose to make this special for the parents, be sure to handle this session with the utmost sensitivity. And know that these photos will always hold an extra special place in the parents’ hearts.

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