The Heartwrenching Story Of A Mother Giving Up Her Baby For Adoption As Told In Photos
In her haunting photo essay My Baby, Not My Child, 25-year-old Callie Mitchell documents her decision to give her unborn son up for adoption. These pictures depict the stages of her pregnancy: from her initial joy to her boyfriend’s departure; from her early decision to keep the child to her choice of adoptive parents; from the depths of depression to the delivery room.
My name is Callie Mitchell. I’m a 25-year-old photographer from Cedar Rapids with a dream to wander the world to capture the minuscule moments of my surroundings. But my dream was momentarily interrupted. A spontaneous moment leading to an unplanned life change. Not a mistake. Definitely a surprise. No matter how in love the father and I were, no matter if we were meant for each other or not, we didn’t have a fighting chance after my countless lies.
And so I placed this marvelous creature in the hands of people I knew would love him the way I would and care for him in ways I could not. This sense of sadness that I foster — it’s my fault. I wasn’t living right. This is my baby, but he’s not my child.