Pregnancies after a loss are sometimes referred to as rainbow pregnancies.
SANDS have produced a booklet called Another pregnancy which contains advice around trying for another baby and explores the possible feelings and experiences you might.
Useful books for children
The following is a list of suggested books which can be used to explain pregnancy following a previous loss to children
- There’s a Rainbow Baby in my Mummy’s tummy’ by Dr Kara Davey
- Someone came before you by Pat Schwiebert
- There was a baby by Rachel Devereux
Charities and voluntary groups
There are many charities and voluntary groups offering support and information to families who are pregnant following a loss. We have included some trusted resources below:
A ticketing platform where you can quickly and easily search for events being held near your town or online. Search using keywords such as “rainbow pregnancy” or “rainbow mama”
Most events are free to attend.
Supporting families through subsequent pregnancies and parenting following pregnancy or baby loss. Resources can be found on their website and support is available via their closed Facebook group “JOEL TCP Rainbow Baby Support Network.”
They provide family support packs for free, each pack contains a comprehensive support directory, as well as a recommended book list for adults and children.
Rainbow Mamas Support Group
Rainbow Mamas is a nationwide, monthly, online support group held via Eventbrite. Sessions are held 1pm to 3pm on the last Tuesday of every month and are facilitated by a qualified bereavement counsellor and an independent midwife.
Each session provides a safe and confidential space for those pregnant again or who are considering pregnancy again, after a loss.
- www.eventbrite.com search “Rainbow Mamas Support Group”
Dedicated section of their website for pregnancy after baby loss, contains advice, information and real-life stories. They also offer a pregnancy after loss support group on Facebook where you can chat with other families who are pregnant again after a loss.
Willows Rainbow Box
A registered charity supporting families experiencing pregnancy following a loss by miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. Their website provides advice, resources, and personal stories of pregnancy after loss.
You can apply for a free Willows Rainbow Pregnancy comfort box on their website. Each box comfort contains items to help reduce anxiety and promote positive mental health and well-being during a rainbow pregnancy.
On the first Monday of each month, they host #RainbowBabyHour on their Instagram account.