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Parents share emotional photos as they celebrate the short life of their stillborn baby

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A California couple said they wanted to show off their beautiful, stillborn daughter as both a way to deal with their grief and acknowledge little Monroe as a member of their family, according to the Daily Mail.

The Staleys went to the hospital when they did not feel Monroe moving. Doctors told the parents-to-be their little one had died in the uterus.

When Emily Staley gave birth the next day, photographer Lindsey Natzic-Villatoro, of Love Song Events and Photography, was there and spent nine hours with the couple. She took photos of their daughter and family as relatives visited.


The photographs were shared online, and the Staleys encouraged others to share them. Lindsey shared the photos and her emotional experience taking them on her Love Song Events & Photography Facebook Page.

“I can’t even begin to describe the pain I knew Mom and Dad were feeling at that moment,” she wrote. “As mom pleaded for her baby to wake up, her sweet husband brushed her hair with his hands crying with her. Cheek to cheek, clinging to their baby girl in disbelief; the two of them were pillars for each other.”

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  • Joan Jackson

    The FAM is in my prayers I can’t imagine what it is they are going thru but I prey that they find peace with in

  • Gail

    Having been through an experience like this & having no help to grieve I think it’s a beautiful tribute to their baby & their family.

  • Amanda

    The first time I read this I cried my eyes out! The second time I smiled still a little teary eyed at the beautiful pictures. I don’t know if I could ever do that myself I hope never have to. My thoughts and prayers are with this family. No parent should have to endure the pain of loosing a child.

  • nurse spencer

    I don’t think a personal thing as a child that die should be for the world to see. It shows no respect for the child.

    • Lesley

      It shows nothing BUT respect for the child. It’s the greatest honor to be viewed and mourned by the world.

  • fran

    To Nurse Spencer…No, it shows love and pride in their child. To the Parents…She is a beautiful little angel. My prayers to all of you.

  • Judy Stone

    My prayers go out to the young couple. The only thing I don’t agree with is that the still born shouldn’t be treated like a miscarriage. Only in that a miscarriage is also the lost of someone’s baby. My baby girl died when I was only 12 weeks pregnant. I have her picture, of course she doesn’t look like a perfect little baby, but she was, she was mine, I loved her, and felt the lost as much as if she had been full term.

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