This nail art trend commemorates the “invisible loss of miscarriage”
Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It’s a day to stand with parents in solidarity and to honor personal loss. And Sara Peterson, a nail artist who has suffered a miscarriage, is creating ultrasound manicures for moms who have experienced the same loss she has.
Sadly, Peterson’s story is not unique. According to March of Dimes, 10 to 15 percent of women who know they’re expecting will suffer a miscarriage. Yet the stigma surrounding miscarriages—and publicly discussing the pain they cause—continues to persist. So Peterson decided to let other women know that they are not alone.
In October 2017, Peterson hand-painted her son’s ultrasound on her nail to honor his memory and empower “invisible mothers,” as she calls herself and others who have experienced miscarriage. This year, Peterson is offering to paint ultrasound nails for invisible mothers in her area.
“People would see it and ask what it was, and that allowed me to share about him and spread awareness for miscarriage,” Peterson continued.
Shortly after experiencing her miscarriage, Peterson founded Invisibaby.com, a resource website for mothers who have lost pregnancies and infants. She hopes that by grieving together, “invisible parents” are able to heal and help lessen the stigma around pregnancy and loss.
We’re applauding Peterson for her strength, and also for her ability to make something so beautiful and positive from a personal tragedy.