The term “rainbow baby” comes from the idea that something beautiful can happen as a result of a storm. In this analogy, the storm is a loss of a child and the rainbow is a baby following that experience. When a rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean that the storm never happened or that people have recovered; it means that there is hope and that something beautiful and bright can emerge from a time of darkness.
After having a GBS-infected baby, subsequent pregnancies can often be filled with anxiety so GBSI started this story page in hopes that GBS parents who have gone on to have a healthy subsequent or “rainbow baby” after a baby infected by GBS, will share their experiences with GBS parents who are pregnant or thinking of trying again.
If you are a GBS parent of a “rainbow” baby, please share your story to encourage others. Include how you coped emotionally during that pregnancy through your rainbow baby's first few months of life as well as any steps you took to help ensure a healthy GBS-free baby. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulties posting your story.
If you are a GBS parent who is having another baby or thinking of trying again, please view the stories below. You can also find ways to connect with other GBS parents, on our GBS parent connection and grief support page.
(Please note that these stories are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Check with your provider for any medical advice or concerns.) Baron's Story by his mother, Bevin