“When a child loses a parent, they are called an orphan, when a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. But, when a parent loses a child, there isn’t a world to describe that. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the word.” – President Ronald Reagan, as he proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

October – National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Through the years, and across the world, October has become dedicated to remembering and honoring the angel babies that have been lost. It has also become a time to raise awareness around miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. A time to discuss, educate, provide resources and support for the family members surrounding grieving parents and those who have lost a child themselves.

When a child dies, no matter when or how it occurred, no matter the age of the child when it happened; it is a devastating loss. Regardless of the amount of time a child spent in their mother’s womb, or in their family’s arms, that sweet baby is, and will always be, a child that is greatly missed.

 

Last year,

Breastfeeding World opened the blog as a platform for mothers to share the moving stories of their loss. The memories of their babies forever live on in these stories, every time their names are spoken, we remember. We were honored, touched and deeply moved, that so many moms allowed us so deeply into their hearts for a brief moment.

This year,

We would like to shine light on hope. Because, after every storm, there is a calm, there is a Rainbow. Such a heavy loss leaves fear in its wake. We have heard time and time again, from mothers that they feared pregnancy, that they felt they could not truly enjoy the beauty of it all because that fear lingered like a cloud overhead. But there is hope; there is hope in the face of every child that has come after. We would like a chance to explore these feelings of fear and hope, to learn for ourselves and help families on this incredibly difficult journey.

Too many families grieve in silence, many not coming to terms with their loss. The moms of Breastfeeding World hear you; we want to honor your children gone too soon and celebrate your beautiful Rainbows. We hope that in projects like these, we are breaking the silence, so that we may help families live with their loss.

Join us in Central Indiana and New York City for the Rainbow Photo Session

We are welcoming moms from all walks of life to participate in this shoot. Your Rainbow can be of any age and does NOT have to have been breastfed (yes, your Rainbow can be an adult!). Also, you may join us if you are currently pregnant with your rainbow baby!

It is very important to us that ALL moms feel welcome to participate in this shoot if they would like.

This photo session is free to all attendees. Moms will be given access to the group shot, along with 1-3 watermarked and professionally edited photos. You will have the option to purchase unwatermarked photos from the photographer if you wish.

Moms will be wearing a solid color of the rainbow. You will be able to leave your preference when you register; but if the preference is already taken, we will work with you to choose another color. If you are pregnant with your rainbow, please bring a white shirt in addition to your designated color.

Rainbow children will be dressed in white.

We have many different Rainbow inspired set ups for the day of the shoot. One of which will get a little messy; we promise that will be the very last thing we do before we go home! But if you have something in mind, please feel free to share with us!

Individual Location Details & Registration

October 15th 2017
5:45PM at Nassau County Museum of Art with Kim Max Photography

If you would like to participate, please register here
For the most up to date information, follow the Facebook Event

 

Due to the sensitive nature of this shoot, and our strong pledge to do this project justice, we do request that this be seen as a commitment. If you are not sure that you can participate on the date of the event, please do not take a spot of another mother who would like to participate. 

Be sure to join us in our social media accounts and be up to date with the progress of our project!
And… Don’t forget to share your brelfies using our hashtag
#BreastfeedingWorld

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Samantha Sykula

Designer & Owner at Hooked on Ewe
Born and raised in NY, I studied speech and language pathology at NYU. I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful children, Richard and Charlotte and wife to my wonderful husband, Rich. I have always had a deep love for learning, which has grown further since becoming a mother, I am always looking for new ways to enrich our lives. Becoming a mother changed my life, I learned compassion, caring and most importantly, true love. I hope to share the experiences of my breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, crocheting, full of love, life.
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