How This Dad's Tearful Reaction To His 'Rainbow Baby' Is Still Giving Hope To Aspiring Parents

"That tattoo on his chest was done after their first miscarriage, and now his daughter lies her sweet head against it."

Birth photographer Leilani Rogers has chronicled the heartwarming and harrowing moments a new baby is brought into the world, but couple Hope and Hunter Madden's birth of a "rainbow baby" particularly struck her. A "rainbow baby," according to Kicks Count, a pregnancy charity in the United Kingdom, is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or infant loss. "In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better," the charity explains. "... A rainbow baby brings light, but by no means replaces the angel baby." 

Before their daughter was born eight months ago, the Madden family experienced child loss due to miscarriage, as well as infertility. Having overcome so many obstacles, the moment Hunter Madden first held his new daughter in his arms was an unforgettable one. 

Rogers captured the once-in-a-lifetime moment so that the Madden family could look back on the happy outcome that made their long, arduous journey worth it.

"This is a story about a mom and a dad who went through loss and persistence to get their baby," Rogers captioned the photo in a March18 Facebook post. "That tattoo on his chest was done after their first miscarriage, and now his daughter lies her sweet head against it. Both of them a reminder of triumph." 

To POPSugar Moms, Rogers added, "I knew [the couple] would be overcome with joy and relief the minute their baby girl was in their arms. I was anticipating it. They were very connected during the birth ... I loved every minute I spent with them. To be in the presence of such a supportive partner and strong woman (her labor lasted 40 hours!) was such an honor. I admit that I got choked up a few times as they expressed their feelings about finally having their rainbow baby ... " And she certainly wasn't the only one. 

The photo is as relevant as ever as it serves as a source of inspiration and hope to parents on a similar journey.  Ten to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnant women experience a miscarriage, yet talking about it is still considered taboo by many. Speaking openly about this topic, and showing the rainbow babies who can result after so much heartache is a helpful reminder to parents everywhere that after tragedy, there can be joy. This sentiment is made clear by those commenting on Rogers's post. 

"This is truly beautiful! My hubby and I went through a miscarriage in 2015 and we are still waiting for our rainbow!!" one woman commented on the Facebook post. "It awesome [sic] to see others you have overcome and received their miracle. Gives me a reminder to not give up!!" Another added, "I love love LOVE this! I remember that feeling of finally holding that miracle and all the flood of emotion that overwhelms you, such an amazing capture!" Dozens of people commented on the photo, applauding the couple for their inspirational perseverance and wishing them the best with their new bundle of joy. 

Like the Maddens, many other families have celebrated the arrival of their little rainbow through beautiful photography:


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