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Rainbow Babies

According to American Pregnancy it says  “that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage” and that “Chemical pregnancies may account for 50-75% of all miscarriages.” 1% of all women will have two miscarriages. The percent of birth after one miscarriage is 14%. Those children a part of the 14% are called Rainbow Babies. A Rainbow Baby is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death in infancy. This term is given to these special rainbow babies because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what's to come.

The reason for miscarriage is varied, and most often the cause cannot be identified. During the first trimester, the most common cause of miscarriage is chromosomal abnormality. Chromosomal abnormality is when there is something wrong with the baby’s chromosomes. Most chromosomal abnormalities are the cause of a damaged egg or sperm cell or are due to a problem at the time that the zygote went through the division process. Other causes are hormonal problems, infections or maternal health problems, lifestyle (i.e. smoking, drug use, malnutrition, excessive caffeine and exposure to radiation or toxic substances), implantation of the egg into the uterine lining does not occur properly, maternal age, and maternal trauma.

There is a national holiday on August 22nd. On that day people gather, dressed in rainbow shades, in honor of the children who were lost due to miscarriage or stillbirth; this is a chance for families to celebrate the life of those children. I guess you could call it a celebration of those children who died so another one could be born. Rainbow babies aren't really a common thing. Not many people even know that the national holiday exist let alone the name itself. I know what it is because I am one and that’s where I got my inspiration.

My inspiration on this paper was myself, even though that sounds kinda selfish to me. I am a rainbow baby. I found out about it a few years ago from my mom. Before she told me I didn't know anything about it. When my mom told me she said that she had two miscarriages before I was born. When I heard about it I thought it was interesting news and I kinda wanted to know more about it. To me this paper is to inform people about what it is and what happens and how it happens.