Families who experience pregnancy and infant loss are left with few tangible things. But, one local photographer is using her own experience to give families memories they will cherish for years to come.
Kate Spencer is a professional photographer and a volunteer through the national organization, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. She first heard about the non-profit a few years after she lost her daughter. Cecilia was born at 32 weeks gestation and lived for two hours.
Kate left the hospital with only one photo of her baby. She wants to make sure other families have keepsakes to last a lifetime. Kate works with local hospitals and photographs families with babies who pass away.
While it's difficult for Kate to relive the memories of her own delivery, she instantly feels a bond with each family she meets.
Kate says, “When I leave, I do feel a sense of happiness. People ask me all the time, ‘how do you do this? How can you pull it together?’ And I just say because they need me."
Kate is the only local photographer through Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. There is a process to become a photographer for the organization. For more information, click the link here.