"It would put about 20-25 a year in Amarillo,” said Dr. Steve Griffin of Texas Tech Physicians. "In general, it feels like our pregnant moms are not as healthy as they were, even five to ten years ago."
"This wasn't really something that we had here in Amarillo that was tailored just for our community,” said Carol McKinney, co-founder of Frames of Love.
"Pictures are not something that you think of in that time. It didn't cross my mind at all. It was such a tragic situation,” said LeAnna Espinosa, an assistant at Frames of Love who originally became involved with the organization after experiencing her own loss of a baby. “Once we started planning a service, we for sure wanted pictures."
"It was actually Carol who came to my call and she was just so loving and supporting,” said Espinosa.
"I always knew I wanted to give back to Frames of Love,” said Espinosa. "It was a good feeling having Carol there to comfort us and I just wanted to do that for other families."
McKinney says in the five years it has been around, Frames of Love has seen families going through all sorts of child loss or illness– from stillbirths to terminal illnesses – requesting their services. In their first year, they served about 40-50 families.
"Now, yearly, I would say we serve four to five hundred families,” said McKinney.