33-year-old Sarah Jade was pregnant for 33 weeks when her baby Aksel Jude died because of severe complications with brain development. But with the baby so far into development, she had to give birth to him like she would to a healthy baby. Sarah then contacted photographer Lacey Barratt, specializing in documenting childbirth, to document her grief.
Sarah and her 34-year-old husband Tim both appear in the pictures of the traumatic birth and what little bonding they had with their child. The photographer also immortalized Aksel's funeral.
"I just wanted to soak in those moments with Aksel and embrace him forever. I have never experienced that amount of different emotions at one time. I thought I was going to explode," Sarah said online.
"I'll never regret having those photographs taken. It is something for us to hold onto forever. Our whole family saw Aksel and said goodbye. Letting go was the hardest thing we've ever had to go through."