I co-founded Rainbows & Unicorns, a community blog which publishes posts written by parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or infertility, as well as people who have helped others become parents (e.g. gestational carriers / egg donors).
It seems that people are opening up more about their experiences of pregnancy loss and infertility, and I wanted to create a safe space for parents who struggled to build their families: in addition to the Rainbows & Unicorns blog, I founded and moderate two peer-led support groups — one online, one in-person in San Diego — for people who have experienced a reproductive trauma.
I am a regular contributing writer and co-editor of Rainbows & Unicorns, I created its logo, which I adapted for other web graphics, including its avatar, favicon, and custom 404 page. I also designed and built the site, and maintain the database.
Colloquially, a ‘rainbow’ is a baby born after miscarriage or stillbirth. I coined the term ‘unicorn’ to denote a baby born after infertility.
Everyone agrees that parenting is hard. But pregnancy and parenting after loss and/or infertility is an untamed beast. A few are able to ride bare-back into the sunset without a backwards glance. Most of us regularly wrestle with the bucking.
Excerpt from the inaugural post,
Beast and Burden