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LibertyRainne was established in 2012 after the stillbirth of our son Rainn.
Knowing throughout the pregnancy that he only had a slim chance of surviving outside the womb, myself and my husband were blessed with the time to think about how we wanted to say goodbye to our little boy, and what we needed from our family to help us survive our loss.
Our little boy was very much wanted by our entire family, after a long struggle with conception and a number of early miscarriages……Rainn was supposed to be our rainbow baby. We explained to everyone that his prognosis was becoming worse by the week, we were told to terminate by a number of doctors, but couldn’t go through with it, and despite my waters breaking at 24 weeks, Rainn decided to continue fighting until 31 weeks and 2 days, when we discovered during a routine scan for complications, that his heart had stopped beating.
We made the decision very early on, that we wanted no sympathy cards. I wanted our son to be celebrated as if he were alive……He may have been stillborn…….but he was still born. He was still my little boy, he lived inside of me, his big sister, his daddy, our family. We weren’t pretending he hadn’t died, we were celebrating his little life rather than mourning his loss.
It was then, that we discovered that even in this day and age, with the number of stillbirths, and neonatal deaths in the UK that happen every day ,There was still nothing that my family could find that they considered even a little bit appropriate for what we were going through…. there were sympathy cards ‘Sorry for the loss of your child’, ‘in sympathy’ ‘thinking of you’, but then the new baby cards all said ‘Congratulations’ ‘welcome to the world baby boy’ or ‘Bundle of joy!’………..We needed something in between, but there was nothing. Nothing to help me remember my little boy lived. Nothing to celebrate our new son.
So LibertyRainne was born. From a passion, from the memory of my little boy Rainn. From a need, to make sure no other angel parents had to feel like we did, I wanted to create somewhere mummies could be safe in the knowledge that we would be able to create them something totally unique and personal to them and their little ones, Creating keepsakes that were subtle in design but absolutely beautiful and truly meaningful to each family.
We began with papercut butterfly frames, adding photos and special quotes and poems at the customers request. Then we introduced wooden items to add to customers homes, like initials and photo frames, memory boxes and ornaments. Then in 2013 after a number of tests, we introduced weatherproofing to our wooden gifts, meaning that our customers could take their beautiful personalised keepsakes outside and decorate their little ones resting place as they would have done in their nurseries had their child survived.
We stayed in contact with a number of our customers, supporting them through their rainbow pregnancies, then creating gifts for their newborns, and then we were finally blessed with our own beautiful rainbow baby Harley, in 2014.
We have now expanded our range to suit the whole family for their angels, and from their angels for, Nannies and Granddads, gifts for Mummies and Daddies, with keepsakes for big sisters and little brothers to treasure too – Each precious little life is worth celebrating.
There are no winners in baby loss but i am incredibly honored to have been shortlisted for this award, I wish I didn’t have to create these items, but being a part of so many other families journeys through loss, I consider, an absolute privilege. I know how precious that space is. To be given the opportunity to create our items for these families is my therapy, my page is very much my sanctuary.
What others have said:
Diane works hard to help those who have lost cherished loved ones, working with them to create the perfect keepsake for remembrance. Due to her own loses, she is also there as a shoulder for those who need to draw strength and understanding from what has happened.