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Pregnant Mom’s Shirt Inspires Conversation About Miscarriage And The Babies Who Follow

One mom's shirt celebrating her rainbow baby became an opportunity for two strangers to bond.

When Autumn Tolliver Safley wore her rainbow baby shirt during a recent visit to Hobby Lobby, she never expected it to have the impact it did. Her husband, James, was hesitant because he wasn’t sure anyone would get the meaning behind it, but at least one fellow shopper understood deeply.

Courtney Mixon saw the shirt and knew that the rainbow indicated that the baby Safley was carrying had come after one was lost to miscarriage or stillbirth, and had to let Autumn know how much she appreciated the message.

“I then told her it’s so taboo to talk about miscarriages and I was proud of her for wearing it. I told her my story and she told me hers,” Mixon said in a Facebook post. “We hugged and said we would keep each other in our prayers! Me for her baby’s continuing good health, and her for me to conceive.”

Mixon went on to write about their meeting and the encouragement that it gave her. Since then, her account of this chance encounter has been shared more than 34,000 times—a testament to how many women have struggled with similar loss.

“I never knew by just posting that picture it would give women a voice,” Mixon told TODAY Parents.