Couple Takes Heartbreaking Photos With Their Stillborn Daughter to Remember Her

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 4, 2014   |   6:27PM   |   Washington, DC

A California couple decided to remember their stillborn daughter by hiring a professional photographer to take special pictures of them with her so they would have a touching memorial to remember her by. Richard and Emily Staley wanted a way to mark their daughter Monroe’s place in their family even though she was dead at birth.

monroeSo they hired Lindsey Natzic-Villatoro, who typically takes happy photographs of weddings or family pictures.

Here is what the couple had to say, along with a couple of the pictures Lindsey took:

‘I wanted our family to have some way to show how beautiful our daughter was,’ Emily Staley, 26, told Yahoo Health.

‘I was proud of her, and I wanted to show her off and make sure her memory lives on.’

The couple shared the pictures on Facebook with friends and family and allowed Natzic-Villatoro, who runs Love Song Events and Photography to also share them.

She describes in the accompanying post the day Emily Staley discovered that her baby had died inside of her.

Alarmed when she couldn’t feel the usual movements in her belly, Staley rushed to hospital only to be told that the umbilical cord had become wrapped around the baby’s neck and that she had died.

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Staley gave birth to Monroe Faith Staley, a full-term baby girl, the following morning via C-section and Natzic-Villatoro was there for the moment the baby was given her first bath and handed to her mother.

The Staleys spent the next nine hours with their precious child as family members came to visit, during which time Natzic-Villatoro took photographs that have become treasured memories for the couple.