Volunteers help grieving families

Sunday, July 6th 2008, 10:57 pm
By: News 9

By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

A group of volunteers is helping grieving parents who have lost a baby.

Photographers for "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" provide a free service to parents who have lost a baby. The national organization of photographers take photos of the baby, and make birth announcements and casts of the child's hands and feet.

"Once you realize what you're giving these families I found that I was going in with a lot more confidence than what I would initially thought I would have," said Kerry LaFollette, a photographer with the group.

Jodie Martin said the photos mean a lot to her.

Martin's son Memphis Dane died after 30 minutes of life. Martin learned at four months into her pregnancy that Memphis wouldn't live long because of a kidney problem.

"I look back at those pictures and his eyes were opened and looked at his daddy and that triggers the memories," Martin said. "Without them being there to take pictures and sharing in that moment with our family I wouldn't have anything."