For many moms, infant bereavement photos provide solace.
Lately we've been hearing a lot about a foundation called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. This incredible nonprofit organization has provided thousands of families of babies who are stillborn or are at risk of dying as newborns with free professional portraits of their baby.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep was cofounded by Cheryl Haggard, a mother who lost her son, Maddux, at 6 days old, and Sandy Puc, the photographer who took pictures of Maddux before he was removed from life support.
The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation now has 7,000 affiliated photographers in 25 countries worldwide. According to their website, "the soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives."
Jessica Person of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep took pictures of Olivia Lundberg, an infant girl who died the day she was born due to complications from Edwards syndrome (Trisomy 18). Her parents, Eileen and Paul, shared their touching story with "Today":
The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation helps families like the Lundbergs in their healing, brings hope to their future and honors their child. It is through remembrance that a family can truly heal.
Their entire network of affiliated photographers graciously donates their time and talents to families at no cost. Donations are greatly needed and greatly appreciated.