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Welcome to the world Rainbow Baby Grayson

Our most recent Rainbow Baby session was, as always, inspiring and incredible. The strength and resilience of these families is truly amazing. Please continue reading for the full, heartbreaking and yet joyous story, of Rachel, Leighton and their two remarkable sons.

Lovely couple, Leighton and Rachel, were thrilled with the news that they were expecting their first baby at Christmas, 2015. Their excitement was intensified when there were no medical concerns and the pregnancy was considered low risk. The couple booked into the Mackay Birth Centre, planning a calm and intimate birth.

At 16 weeks, it was discovered that they were expecting a boy. This meant that Rachel and Leighton could start preparing their home. Leighton also had the honour of choosing his name, Cooper James Little.

Unfortunately, at 5am, on the morning marking 29 weeks and 4 days…Rachel presented at the hospital with no fetal movement detected. Several attempts by doctors and nurses did not successfully find a heartbeat. Rachel was advised to contact Leighton and their prospective families for support.

After being induced and 24 hours of mild cramping, Rachel and Leighton welcomed their perfectly tiny son, Cooper, into the world. October 15th marked the birth of their son but coincidentally, also commemorates Stillbirth Awareness Day and ‘Wave of Light Night’. The couple were surrounded by battery operated candles that night, arranged thoughtfully by the nurses.

The dedicated hospital staff also contacted their local www.heartfelt.org.au Photographer and www.impressionablekids.com.au. This provided the couple with memorable images of their son and as a family as well the keepsake of little hand and feet sculptures of Baby Cooper.

It was heartbreaking and tragic for Rachel and Leighton to go home empty handed. Eventually, the time came to pack up the nursery that was never used. The decision was made to box up the contents of the nursery in the hope that they could use it for their future children.

With utter delight, the couple discovered that they were expecting again just before the first birthday of Baby Cooper. To add to their anticipation, it was to be another son.

Due to Cooper being stillborn and severely growth restricted, Rachel’s second pregnancy was monitored very closely. As well as other medications, Rachel also endured daily bloody thinning injections to support their second son.


On the 4th April, 2017 at 33 weeks gestation, Rachel was flown to Townsville Hospital where staff performed an emergency c-section and Baby Grayson Laurence Little was born.

Baby Grayson was born 7 weeks early due to growth restriction and being low in fluid, weighing only 1270g. Grayson however, proved to be a strong little fighter, with some help from his Angel Brother no doubt! Doctors believe that something occurs within Rachel’s body that effects her placenta’s and further tests are being conducted.

At the time of our Rainbow Baby Session, Grayson was 7 weeks old but only 2 days past his due date. He is a handsome little man and it was an absolute pleasure to have him in the studio.

Charlee Photography would like to thank Leighton and Rachel for sharing their story. We’d also like to wish them every success in life and all the very best for their perfect little family.

Charlee Photography is now offering one Rainbow Baby Gift Session per month to eligible families.

A “Rainbow Baby” is a baby who is welcomed into a family after there has been a loss experienced due to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. The new baby represents a rainbow that when it appears does not mean the storm is over or that the family is not still dealing with it’s aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. The beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravage of the storm.

To apply or nominate a family, please see the Rainbow Babies tab for further information.


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