What is Project Finding Your Rainbow?
The project involves the rainbow skirt in the picture going from one loss mom to the next. You can take pictures with the skirt and then the pictures and stories are shared on the blog and on social media. I wore the skirt in my maternity pictures with my rainbow baby.
The purpose of this is to document how women who have dealt with pregnancy/infant loss go on to find their rainbow. This could mean having another baby, deciding not to have any more children, choosing to focus on your health, shifting your focus to fostering or adoption, getting involved with a volunteer organization, or any other way that you have dealt with the loss of your pregnancy/child.
We often hear the term “rainbow baby”, which refers to having a baby after having a loss. Many women do go on to have other children, but there are many who decide not to or who have other ways of dealing/coping with the loss.
Why did you start this project?
I started this because I lost my daughter, Jasmine, in 2018. She was stillborn at 32 weeks. You can read My Loss Story: Jasmine Grace. I have had three losses total and feel like pregnancy and infant loss do not get talked about enough. Not everyone has the support they deserve or feel that they can talk about their losses and their children. I want to change that and give people a chance to share their stories and talk about loss, while also raising awareness.
Do I have to live in the U.S.?
Not at all! We have had participants from Canada, Australia, Peru and the UK. I would be happy to talk to you about participating, no matter where you are located.
Does it cost anything to participate?
All it costs is the price of shipping to the next person in line. The shipping to you is paid.
Do I have to hire a photographer?
You can choose to hire a photographer or use a friend or family member to take pictures. There have been participants that do it both ways and they all look amazing!
Do I have to be pregnant?
Not at all! There are all different kinds of women that participate. Some that have their rainbow baby already, some that are currently pregnant, some that don’t yet have their rainbow. The only qualification to participate is that you have had a pregnancy, infant, or child loss.
How many people have participated so far?
There have been 324 stories published so far as of November 2023.
How do I participate?
Fill out the form below (or the form here if it does not show up below) if you are interested and we can talk about the date you want to participate. I ask that people start writing and send me their story before the skirt is mailed out due to some participants not following through.
A few former participants share what it was like to participate on an episode of the Finding Hope After Loss podcast.
Here are links to some of the people who have already participated:
If you are interested in participating, please use the contact form below.