Grieving Parents Share Beautiful Stillbirth Photo Series to Bring Comfort to Others

^ Back to Top
  • First Embrace

    1
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    According to Natzic-Villatoro, mom Emily McClearen had a normal pregnancy with Monroe -- until a morning close to her due date when she noticed a lack of fetal activity. Sadly, an ultrasound revealed that the umbilical cord had wrapped around her baby's neck and her heart had stopped. McClearen delivered Monroe via C-section the next day.

  • Heaven Sent

    2
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    Monroe's loss was felt not just by her mother and her father, Richard Staley, but by a 5-year-old brother who'd been "counting down the days" until her arrival.

  • Perfect Angel

    3
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    Natzic-Villatoro said that Monroe "defined perfection." A perfect angel indeed.

    More from CafeMom: Lovely Miscarriage Empathy Cards Speak for You When You Don't Know What to Say (PHOTOS)

  • A Difficult Process

    4
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    "Every time I leave a hospital room I think this could one day be me and I would hope someone would be available to nuture my thoughts and walk me through this difficult process," Natzic-Villatoro told CafeMom.

  • Never Forget

    5
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    Though Natzic-Villatoro's job sounds incredibly difficult, the photographer said she likes to "showcase stories of all walks of life. The good, the bad, and the most difficult. Throughout every tragedy there is a silver lining and I am blessed that my clients allow me to capture it."

  • Hand-in-Hand

    6
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    There are no words to express the poignant, painful beauty of this photo.

    More from CafeMom: 25 Celebrities Who Spoke Openly About Their Miscarriage Experience

  • The Weight of Love

    7
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    At over six pounds, Monroe was sadly born at what would have been a healthy weight.

  • Tiny Footprints

    8
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    "Every session that I do affects me differently. Whether it's a stillbirth or a documentation of a loved one's death, they're all so unique and equally important," said Natzic-Villatoro.

  • Sweet Princess

    9
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    A lovely crown for a lovely, lovely girl. Rest in peace, Monroe.

    More from CafeMom: 11 Meaningful Tattoos That Memorialize Miscarriage & Infant Loss (PHOTOS)

  • Unbreakable Bond

    10
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    Even through their grief, the wonder of seeing their little girl for the first time couldn't help but put a smile on her parents' faces.

  • Flower Girl

    11
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    Natzic-Villatoro said she took lots of photos so that she could provide Monroe's parents with as many memories as possible of their little girl's brief time on Earth.

  • Skin to Skin

    12
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    Although many couples suffer this kind of loss in private, Natzic-Villatoro said Monroe's parents wanted their story to be shared in the hopes that it would bring comfort to others. Truly heroic.

    More from CafeMom: 7 Most Important Tests Done During Pregnancy: Which Ones Do You Need? (PHOTOS)

  • Final Kiss

    13
    stillborn photo
    Image via Love Song Photography

    Throughout the birth and the hours afterward, Natzic-Villatoro said Monroe's mom and dad were "pillars" of strength for each other. May their future lives together bring them much love, happiness, and joy following this tragedy. 

complications miscarriage & loss

More Slideshows