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Hera’s Happy Ending

My year ended with a compelling assignment from The Washington Post, the subject, a young woman named Hera McLeod.

Hera was about eight and a half months pregnant when I met her. The story was about the resilience of this young woman, who just one year before had suffered the most devastating tragedy a mother could face, the death of her 14-month-old son Prince.

I followed her to yoga class, prenatal appointments and even a briefing on Capitol Hill for parents who had lost children during violent custody battles.

During each visit Hera showed an inner strength to move ahead with her life, not in any way diminishing the memory of her son Prince but instead displaying great fortitude in her desire to have another child.

She told me that she chose an anonymous sperm donor to be the father because she never again wanted to be forced by a judge to send her child to be with anyone she felt was dangerous.

Hera welcomed her daughter “Stela”, short for Estela into the world on October 30.

Read more about Hera’s story in The Washington Post.

Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 under Blog, News. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

One response to “Hera’s Happy Ending”

  1. Hera McLeod says:

    Mary,
    Thank you so much for capturing these special moments so beautifully. I will forever be able to cherish these first moments with my daughter. The pictures are truly amazing.

    Thank you,

    Hera (and little Stela)

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