Nikita Razo is a birth and family photographer, and in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, she decided to take on a project that would help women tell their stories of miscarriage and stillbirth, something that is very close to her heart. In November of 2012, she found out that she had suffered a miscarriage during her 12-week check-up, and now she's helping women who have endured the same pain share their stories. Nikita used the Facebook community and her network to bring together a group of six women for a photo shoot in which the women posed with white balloons to represent the number of babies they lost.
"Pregnancy and infant loss isn't something that should be met with embarrassment, guilt, or shame but rather acceptance, love, and support. From our families; from our friends; and most importantly from ourselves and others around the world who have been through the same roller coaster of emotions that come with such a heartbreaking tragedy," Nikita wrote on Facebook alongside the photos of the women and their emotional experiences. "Together, we can make a change. Because the last thing I want is for a woman to feel like she has to go through this journey alone."
Keep reading to see the photos of each woman and read their stories. Please note, the excerpts have been shortened for this story. Read the stories in full here.