I can’t say enough how beautiful it all was. For the 17 minutes she was alive, Emily-Anne only experienced love. Her story is powerful, but it is one of many. Her parents want to share their story to help end the stigma around premature infant loss. If you have gone through this or are going through this, no matter how daunting and lonely it may seem, you are NOT alone.
She was surrounded by her family when she was born, and when she passed. Her father held her, he dressed her, he kissed her, and it was everything. To witness a man love with all his heart while it breaks all at the same time was that of a life-shattering and forever life-changing experience. Men should not be hidden when they show their emotions. And babies should not be nested.
If you have pictures of your baby, no matter when he or she was born, you are allowed to share them just like any other parent can share images of their babies. Your child and your story is just as beautiful and just as important. You are loved, and your child will never be forgotten.
Emily-Anne Olive Ross
10.2oz 10in long.”
**This story originally appeared on Love What Matters. It was submitted by Carly’s Lens and Breezy Photography on behalf of parents Amber and Monty Ross. See more of their beautiful work on Instagram @carlyslens and @breezyphotome.