The term “rainbow baby” is often used to describe a child born after a miscarriage, and there’s little wonder why. Few words can explain the beautiful joy that new parents feel when welcoming a child following the emotional storm of losing a baby. Now, one specific rainbow baby is capturing all that joy through a precious photo that has resonated with people all over the world.
The viral image, captured by Samantha Packer of Packer Family Photography, showcases a sweet baby surrounded by several in vitro fertilization (IVF) syringes that are perfectly arranged into a heart shape. Although the picture alone would be enough to capture people’s attention, the caption Packer added on her professional Facebook post also tugged on everyone’s heartstrings: “Mom said, ‘4 years, 7 attempts, 3 miscarriages, and 1,616 shots.'”
As you may be aware, IVF is the process of extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. For some women struggling with fertility issues, the IVF injections they get are sometimes the only way they can have a successful pregnancy. So it’s not shocking that Packer’s depiction of that labor of love currently has 80,000 likes and 61,000 shares.
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Packer told WomansWorld.com that the infant’s parents had asked her to incorporate the IVF needles in the picture — something she’d never done before in any other photo shoot.
She said, “I had seen some images online before, but they always seemed really messy to me, so I thought it would be cool to put them in a very organized heart with all of the needles pointing inward.”
Even though Packer was well-prepared for the photo shoot, she was still in for a bit of a shock when the family dropped off the IVF syringes — there were so many of them!
“I thought there would be maybe one bag’s worth, but she came with two full boxes,” Packer said. “My original idea had to expand. Once I got the first layer of the heart down, I had to just keep layering and layering and layering until I finally got to the edges of the blanket, and then I poured the rest of the bags along the edges.”
Even though it took some extra time and effort to get the layout exactly perfect, Packer would not stop until she got the perfect heart image.
She said, “I wanted to do the heart because a lot of love went into this baby, and although it was a lot of pain and hardship to get there, that was the ultimate goal… to love this baby.”
There’s nothing quite like a rainbow after the rain!