Shopper At Hobby Lobby Takes Photo Of Pregnant Woman's Shirt
Michelle Shreeve 12/13/2016
Babies are blessings from above, and women are ecstatic from the moment they find out they are pregnant, to the moment that arrives when they can hold their newborn baby for the first time. It truly is an emotionally rewarding experience.
Most pregnancies go according to plan. The mom-to-be is healthy and has a healthy pregnancy for nine months, delivery comes, and a healthy baby arrives. Mom and baby leave hospital and go home to live a happier-ever-after life. Sadly, that is not how all women experience pregnancy.
Sometimes, when a woman is pregnant, complications can arise that can lead to the babies being stillborn or even miscarried. The silent pain parents feel when they have to go through a situation like this is unbearing, and can sometimes deter any future plans of trying to have a baby again.
For the other parents, who insist on trying to get pregnant again, after a tragedy occurs such as a stillborn or miscarriage situation, one can only imagine how emotional it can be. Well, one woman decided to show her emotional feelings on the outside...
Courtney Mixon was shopping at Hobby Lobby when a pregnant woman in a t-shirt caught her eye. The t-shirt was black, and had a rainbow colored heart on it with words that read, 'You're looking at a rainbow!'
Although Courtney had never met the woman, Autumn Safley, before, the two women had an understanding, as Courtney knew what the shirt represented. Courtney knew that Autumn was carrying what was called 'a rainbow baby.' A rainbow baby is a baby that comes after a woman miscarries a child.
Courtney knew all too well what Autumn was going through, as Courtney was hoping for her own rainbow baby to show up, as she too had recently miscarried a baby.
The concept behind a rainbow baby is exactly what a rainbow represents--a calm after the storm. Once a woman experiences the pain of losing a baby, the joy of being able to get pregnant again excites her and gives her a new found hope.
"As she passed me I had to speak up. I said I love your shirt! She replied that her husband was hesitant for her to wear it (because people wouldn't know what it meant)."
Courtney appreciated so much the courage Autumn showed by wearing the shirt that she wore, as it gave women like her, hope, that she too could have her own rainbow baby someday. Courtney shared in her Facebook post:
"I then told her it's so taboo to talk about miscarriages and I was proud of her for wearing it. I told her my story and she told me hers. We hugged and said we would keep each other in our prayers! Me for her baby's continuing good health and her for me to conceive. She's such a beautiful woman and mommy!!! A complete stranger....Thank you Autumn for making me and my husband's day!"
It must have been fate for the two women to have met each other. What a beautiful encounter between two women living different lives, but who have experienced a similar loss.
Watch this video to see one account of a rainbow baby story.
It is very hard for couples to experience loss in the form of a miscarriage or a stillborn. However, like these two women shared, there is still hope for these couples to have a rainbow baby of their own some day.