ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — Sisters Beth Gaudino and Anna Howat know all too well what it’s like to lose a baby.
“I’ve had three losses before I had [my daughter] Penelope,” Howat said.
“A couple years ago me and my husband were ecstatic to find out we got pregnant with twins and around 14 weeks we started having complications,” explained Gaudino.
Gaudino went into labor at 20 weeks.
“I actually had preterm labor with the boy Savage and then I delivered Grace shortly after in an angel pose,” Gaudino recalled. “Her hands were up by her head.”
But the twins didn’t survive.
“It was devastating,” Gaudino said. “We had two cribs. We had our whole nursery set up. Everything was going so well with them.”
Unable to conceive again, Howat stepped in.
“So I’m carrying my sister’s baby,” Howat explained. “We started talking about it when I was pregnant with Penelope, and then when I was seven months postpartum — it was actually seven months to the day was the transfer day for the embryo.”
Recently Howat and Gaudino marked the occasion with a rainbow inspired photo shoot with Connecticut photographer JoAnn Marrero.
“The recent photo shoot was with eight women and they all had different types of situations,” Marrero explained. “Some had miscarriages.”
The women donned an array of colors to honor their rainbow babies.
“A rainbow baby is a baby that is born after the passing of another child, whether it’s through miscarriage, stillborn or shortly after birth,” explained Marrero.
“Sort of a happy ending to a storm as they say,” Gaudino added.
“The photo shoot was really fun,” Howat said of the day. “We got to meet a lot of women who had similar losses and really, like heartbreaking stories, and they’re all having their babies and creating their families now one way or another and it’s really great to see.”
Many women say sharing about their loss has helped them heal.
“It’s nice to talk to other people that had the same struggles and know that they’re out there,” Gaudino said. “You just have to find them.
To learn more about JoAnn Marrero’s photography, visit FromLaborToLove.com.