DAWSON CREEK- When an infant passes, it's a traumatic experience for families, but it's not something many women feel comfortable discussing. A Dawson Creek-based photographer has made it her mission to show grieving families they're not alone with the Rainbow Baby project. A rainbow baby symbolizes the rainbow that comes after the storm, as it's the first child to be born after the loss of a baby or pregnancy. That's something photographer Meg Duncan has experienced first hand. "We were trying for about three years to get pregnant and we ended up having three miscarriages," said Duncan, "there's a lot of stigma around it so a lot of people don't talk about it." For no cost, she photographed women and families around the Peace Region. She found healing through sharing her story and empowering others to share theirs. "I don't want people to suffer in silence, and everyone's story is different."
Pregnancy loss is much more common than people realize. "Miscarriages are far more common than we know, and that's because a lot of women will have that experience privately," said registered midwife, Sarah Hilbert-West, "if you look at the media or on Facebook, sometimes all you see is the happy stories, and so people often feel that they're the only one experiencing that." Hilbert-West added it's important for families to share their stories or get counselling.
To view more photos from the Rainbow Baby Project, visit Little White Rose Photography.
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