Hannah Mongie discovered she was pregnant about two months after graduating from high school. She loved the baby’s father and had planned to continue a relationship with him, but in September of 2015, the child’s father, Kaden, suddenly passed away just days after hearing his baby’s heartbeat in the womb.
The news devastated the young pregnant mother, who was then faced with the hardest decision of her life: whether to raise her baby or place him up for adoption with a loving family.
“Never once though did I let abortion become an option for me,” Hannah said in the video, pointing out that the preborn baby inside her was a separate person.
“The second I became pregnant, I was no longer my own person. I became a protector of this little boy inside of me…. I am fighting for his rights, not abortion,” she said.
Hannah’s son, whom she named Taggart Kaden Marsh, was born weeks later, and in March 2016, this brave young woman placed him with his adoptive parents. Hannah had just two days to spend one-on-one with her newborn son. Through heart wrenching tears, she chose the last two hours of that time, to produce an emotional video for Tagg so that he would know why he was placed for adoption.
“I made this video so that you know how much I love you,” Hannah said tearfully.
Hannah was certain to tell her son how his father felt about him, “He loved you from the very, very beginning,” she stated, recounting how she texted him Tagg’s eight-week fetal heartbeat.
“And from then on he couldn’t be happier. And he was hoping for a boy so that he could teach him baseball and sports and stuff,” Hannah continued.
Then Hannah told her newborn son of his father: “Two days after he heard your heartbeat, his heart stopped.”
“From the day your daddy died, I had a hard time even considering placing you even with a different family, when you were my last piece of Kaden. But one day I woke up and I just knew you were supposed to be with someone else, so I went and searched for families.”
Hannah said that while she was still pregnant she found the perfect parents for Tagg, after meeting them in person.
“And then, over time, me and your mommy Emily became really good friends. And she’s one of my best friends now. And we’ve been getting really, really excited together for you to be in her home,” Hannah said choking back tears, “And I helped her put a nursery together for you.”
“Before I sign you off to Brad and Emily… and you’re going to be their little boy… and I just want you to know that I really, really love you so much. More than I’ve ever loved any other human in the whole world. I made this decision purely out of love because I knew I couldn’t give you what I knew you needed which is a mommy and a daddy.
And I hope your daddy’s watching over us right now.”
Hannah’s video (below) has been shared thousands of times.
Her deep love for her son and her emotional goodbye has touched many others.
A year after Hannah gave birth to her son, the brave birth mom posted this message to her Instagram page:
One year ago today was the best, most incredible and most tiring day of my existence.
I gave birth to the love of my life. The most beautiful baby boy in the whole entire world.
He is my heart and my soul. This baby boy has saved me in ways I could never explain.
He is the reason I love God and the reason I have so much love for Jesus and for the Atonement. I will never be able to express to him how grateful I am that he became apart of my life. I don’t know what I would do without him. I am not me without him here on this earth. He has given me purpose.
From the moment I heard his cry, tears flowed from my eyes. They were tears of a new kind of love that I had never experienced before.
The all consuming love that a mother has for her child. If I could go back and live these three days of agony all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Happiest first birthday to the love of my love, my sweet Taggart Kaden Marsh. You will always be my first true love.
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. For all the birth moms out there like Hannah, Live Action News would like to say how much we appreciate each one of you. We know, as Hannah has made clear, that your decision was not easy, but was one that was made from pure love. You are heroes.