Callie Mitchell is a 25-year-old photographer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her dream, she writes, is to “wander the world and capture the miniscule moments of [her] surroundings.”
That dream, however, was recently interrupted.
She got pregnant with her boyfriend’s child and because of what she calls her “countless lies,” the relationship didn’t stand a “fighting chance.”
Realizing the struggle of being a single mom and student just wasn’t in her, she made the heartbreaking decision to give up her baby for adoption. And then she made the brave and incredibly generous decision to document her pregnancy and adoption journey through a series of photos and journal entries.
“I just want to present adoption as a very amazing and beautiful option to unplanned pregnancy,” Callie told Babble. “I want people to understand that it’s not giving away your baby, it’s giving a couple an opportunity to have something amazing that they might not otherwise be able to have. I am very grateful [to my son's adoptive parents].”
Here are some of her poignant words and pictures (Note: The dates and essay excerpts don’t necessarily correspond to the photos):
To read Callie’s full story and see more photos, visit The Daily Iowan
All photos and captions used with permission from Callie Mitchell
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