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This Baby Is Surrounded by Needles for a Reason You Wouldn’t Expect

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A strange yet beautiful photo is making its way around the Internet right now–and the reason why will leave you in awe.

The suddenly popular pic is of a sleeping baby girl dressed in a sweet knit dress, and she’s surrounded by syringes in the shape of a heart. It was first posted by the Sher Institutes, a group of fertility clinics, which received the photo from one of the families they had helped become parents.

The photos caption reads, “Thank you to Sher Fertility St. Louis and Dr. Dayal’s patient Angela, who shows the true definition of love that went into making this gorgeous new baby girl.”​

Since it was posted, hundreds of parents have added to the thread their comments in support of this powerful portrait. Many chimed in by sharing photos of their own children who were conceived after struggles with IVF, IUIs, fertility drugs, and other methods, and expressed their pride and joy in their own family’s happy outcomes.

“This photo took my breath away! What a powerful message and reminder to the daily struggle. It was worth every single shot for my two babies!” wrote one mother, referring to the daily injections many women endure in their quest to become pregnant.

As for the clinic who posted the pic, they’re glad the important photo is being shared and is helping to open the conversation about infertility.

“We felt like it was a provocative, emotional photo that captures the joy and pain of IVF,” Lisa Stark, director of communications for Sher Fertility Institutes​, told USA Today.

Wow, what a photo. Thank you to Sher Fertility St. Louis and Dr. Dayal patient Angela, who shows the true definition of love that went into making this gorgeous new baby girl.

Posted by Sher Institutes on Monday, October 5, 2015

We couldn’t agree more.

via Cosmopolitan.com

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