Any woman who has struggled with infertility or loss knows how lonely it can feel. In an effort to lessen the sense of loneliness, Ashley Sargent, an Alabama photographer, united women who miscarried and then went on to conceive rainbow babies - babies born after loss. Dozens of women agreed to participate, which Sargent hopes will help everyone who sees the gorgeous images understand they are not alone if they too are experiencing the pain of trying to have a baby.
"Our son is a result of a four-year prayer," Sargent told POPSUGAR about her journey through infertility. "It was a very dark time for my husband and myself. I felt so lost and alone. I was afraid to talk about my emotions, and I just couldn't understand why I had to go through so much pain."
I also know that pain, having lost a baby at 23 weeks pregnant. I went on to conceive another baby after a painful and emotional IVF journey. When I came across Sargent's photo shoot featuring rainbow babies and their brave mamas, I felt an instant connection to them. In the deeply moving photos, the women not only honor the babies they had to say goodbye to, but also celebrate the life that came after loss. "I wanted our stories to all be shared together," Sargent said about the clients and friends who participated, adding, "They are mothers of all ages and generations."
Read on to see the beautiful and touching photo shoot, and learn more about how the project has already inspired so many.