A Connecticut mother, who struggled to get pregnant, celebrated her baby to be while remembering the babies she lost in an epic photo shoot.
The emotional final portrait of Jessica Mahoney, of Rocky Hill, has gone viral.
"With the first one, it's complete devastation,” Mahoney said. “And then after that, it becomes overwhelming to say the least."
After having their son Corbin, Jessica and Kevin Mahoney knew they wanted another baby. But they struggled, enduring six miscarriages in about two years.
"We just kept getting pregnant and kept having loss after loss after loss,” Jessica Mahoney said.
But this year, everything changed when Jessica Mahoney found out she was pregnant with their "rainbow baby.”
Tasked with creating the maternity photo shoot she's always dreamed of were two local photographers, Mary Maloney of "Pebbles and Polkadots" and JoAnn Marrero of "From Labor to Love."
"I really wanted to give her exactly what she wanted especially because she didn't have that before,” Marrero said.
Pregnancy bliss and creative genius joined forces to produce the breathtaking photo, which paid tribute to Jessica and Kevin’s daughter to be and those six babies they lost.
"It's unbelievable,” Jessica Mahoney said. “It really is."
"I was like omg this is exactly, exactly what I wanted and even better,” Marrero said.
The image was shared thousands of times and gave women across the world, who have struggled with fertility issues, a colorful glimmer of hope.
"When I shared it I said, this is my story and I hope it lets one person out there knows they're not alone and that there's other people going through it,” Jessica Mahoney said.
Jessica Mahoney said she is currently 35 weeks pregnant and their baby girl is due on Nov. 11.
To see photos from the shoot, click here.
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