For most families, the first photographs of their new baby are beyond precious. In some cases, though, there's a whole other story going on as well. These rainbow baby photos from Instagram will warm your heart as they share powerful stories about their resilient, loving families. Seriously, you may want to have some tissues on hand right about now.
The photos are all adorable (of course), but learning the story behind these babies and their families makes them even more meaningful. A rainbow baby is a child born after the loss of another baby through miscarriage, still birth, or death in infancy, according to Romper. The arrival of these children can bring about some (understandably) complicated emotions. To honor these parents and their particular journey, as well as remove the stigma surrounding infant loss, Rainbow Baby Day is recognized on August 22 every year. Founded by Alexis DelChiaro, Rainbow Baby Day falls on her own rainbow baby's birthday. Thanks to the #rainbowbabyday tag, families all over the world have felt empowered to share their beautiful, and sometimes heartbreaking, stories of loss and new life. Their photographs that accompany their stories are beautiful and inspiring, and they can bring hope to families facing similar situations.