People often comment on the lovely bright rainbow coloured Wonderoos range, and the rainbows that appear on all our designs. So I thought it was time to share with you a little more about the rainbows.
It was about this time, 19 years ago, that I found out I was expecting our first baby. Our excitement and joy knew no bounds! Just a few short weeks later, we were told that our baby was not to be, I had suffered what is called a “missed miscarriage”, and our baby had died. We were absolutely devastated at the news, we just hadn’t expected that things would go wrong – after all, having a baby is the most natural thing in the world.
What does this have to do with rainbows?
A rainbow baby is a baby born following a miscarriage, still birth or other baby loss. In the real world, a beautiful bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced a storm. And so it is with babies. Having endured the storm of a baby loss, the arrival of a new baby is much like the arrival of a rainbow.
Our rainbow baby was born about a year after the miscarriage, and will be 18 next year. Miscarriage is believed to occur in around 1 in 5 pregnancies, and 1 in 200 births in the UK is a stillbirth. Baby loss affects many, many families.
To a family that has experienced a baby loss at any stage, the arrival of a “rainbow baby” gives new hope and positivity. It certainly did for us. I have long since accepted that our lost baby was not meant to be. Although I still occasionally shed tears, even though it was so many years ago.
Our symbol of hope…
You may have noticed that we release 4 new print designs at a time, all of them featuring rainbows. This is no accident – since our baby loss, we have been blessed with 4 lovely daughters. The designs on our nappies have been created out of our own experiences with our children, and very much reflect aspects of their personalities and interests along the way. And of course each design incorporates a rainbow somewhere, a little reminder of the little angel baby that we never got to meet.