Rainbow baby – Pregnancy after a miscarriage – My Story

I am writing this little article to explain why I have created my tailored Baby Rainbow packages and why I wished this had existed when I was pregnant with my rainbow baby boy. Please note this article discusses the topic of miscarriage, pregnancy loss and post natal depression.

If you are reading this, chances are your pregnancy journey has had a few bumps on the road and I am so sorry that you had to go through that. I am however super excited to see that you are expecting a little one and really proud that you want to capture your journey and make memories your growing family will cherish forever

My rainbow baby journey.

Let me tell you a little bit more about my story…
Back in 2017, after only 16 short weeks, I had a miscarriage and delivered my little Angel baby boy, way too early for him to stay with us. He was just perfect with his 10 littles toes and fingers. Pregnancy loss sucks! But with a lot of healing, patience, love and courage I decided that I was ready to have another baby.
Whilst I was very excited, this second pregnancy came with its own set of challenges. One of (many!) them was that the “standard pregnancy questions” a mum gets asked when pregnant become really awkward when you are expecting a rainbow baby…such as “Is it your first baby? Do you have other children? You have waited a few years to have another one? You must be so excited? You have a lot of doctor’s appointments, don’t you? Why? ….and the list goes on and on.

Those standard questions would sometimes make me avoid interactions with people I didn’t know. I would have two options, lie, or tell the truth and carry on with a conversation in which they may feel very uncomfortable…I picked my battles depending on how I felt on the day….A physio, a new nurse, someone at the baby store, a photographer…time to tell the story again or hide it!

I have created “the rainbow baby package” in case you find yourself having the same challenges I did.

A maternity photoshoot packed up with love

and a good sprinkle of compassion

By choosing this package (and without you having to find the words or say anything more) I already know that you are expecting a rainbow baby. So many questions I won’t ask and so many little things I will do slightly differently from the very beginning, all along our communications, during the photoshoot and when delivering your photos. I’m here for you and your little miracle! 🙂

This package comes with added care, love and support tailored to your own situation…and no awkward questions (Yay!). I will use my own experience and knowledge to make this as memorable and comfortable as possible for you. You will also receive a pre-session questionnaire that will be tailored for you.

A photoshoot is not only “taking photos”, it is so much more than that. It’s a wonderful memory and experience I want you to cherish. A time to stop and reflect on how far you’ve come and the beautiful journey you are on. So much love to celebrate! I want you to feel good and be as comfortable as you can (Bring your favourite snacks if that helps!). I want you to know I have walked in your shoes and I am here to support you, I understand you. I am your best cheerleader!

I will be patient and offer you lots of support during your session so if you feel overwhelmed with emotions, we will slow down and take our time.

You can share your story…but only if you want to…

needed If you would like to share your story with me, I am more than happy to listen. Since going through my miscarriage I have been approached by many friends who have shared their experiences with me and who just needed someone to listen. I also had a great therapist who walked the journey with me and gave me the gift of healing myself and being able to be here for others.
If you prefer to keep your journey completely private, I totally understand and respect that

Your booking.

This package can be booked as close to the due date as you wish, we just have to stay in touch in case you may deliver a little early and make sure we capture your bump before bub is here…sometimes they get a little too impatient to meet us 🙂

You deserve the pregnancy photos I didn’t get.

I want to offer you the pictures I didn’t have done because I didn’t want to start a conversation with a stranger by telling my very personal and difficult story (one more time!). I didn’t want to work with someone who wouldn’t have understood me. I needed some extra care, extra support, someone who would have known how nervous and anxious I was. I also wasn’t physically able to move as much as other mums would have and would probably have preferred a session in the comfort of my home, easy, simple and cosy (Lying down on my couch eating Nutella would have been a dream actually!).

So, for as long as I can, I want to be here for mums who need me. Who are equally excited and scared to have their maternity photos done. Who need a little extra love and care. Who want to feel supported and understood. Who can’t believe how lucky they are. Who have butterflies in their stomach. Who deserve memories to cherish forever.

I will keep those pictures just for you and your partner until you are ready to show the world what a beautiful journey you are on. I wish I could have hidden my pregnancy until my little man was born…I get you!

Let’s make the photos you will look at when bub is here and where all you will see is Joy, Excitement and Hope…

I am looking forward to hearing from you! I am happy to travel from Brisbane to Byron Bay to meet you and your growing family!


Stephanie Radurier
Gold Coast Family, Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Steph Radurier

October 6, 2021

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