A Utah woman who recorded a tearful video with her son just hours before his adoption was made official hopes the now-viral video shines a light on adoption.
Hannah Mongie of Provo was 18 years old when she became pregnant. She recorded the video in the hospital on March 21, 2016, just two days after the birth of her son, Taggart.
“You hear all these stories of birth moms writing letters but I wanted Tagg to experience that moment of when it was happening,” Mongie told ABC News. “I wanted him to know that my heart was breaking and how much his dad had loved him and how much his mom, Emily, loved him before she even met him.”
Mongie, now 21, explained to Tagg in the video how her love for him led her to decide on adoption. She also explained her heartache after her boyfriend, Tagg’s father, died suddenly while she was pregnant.
“This is for you, Tagg. I made this video so that you know how much I love you. I wanted to tell you why I made the decision to place you with your family. … Gosh, you’re so cute, you’re making this hard!” Mongie says in the video, later adding, “I had a hard time even considering placing you with a different family when you were my last piece of Kaden.”
Mongie told ABC News she woke up one morning weeks after her boyfriend’s death with an “unexplainable peace” that she should go through with the adoption plan.
After reading thousands of adoption applications online, Mongie found a couple, Brad and Emily Marsh, who also lived in Utah.
“There was just something about them,” Mongie recalled. “I read their letter and what they said about birth moms and I just cried and something told me this was it.”
The Marshes welcomed Tagg on March 21, 2016, into their family, which already included an older adopted son, Carter. They also brought home a newborn adopted son, Lucas, on Sunday.
The Marshes are in close touch with all three of their sons’ birth mothers, including Mongie.
“Our birth moms are kind of put on a pedestal at our house,” Emily Marsh, 27, told ABC News. “We have a picture of each kid with their birth mom on their nightstands and we speak very highly of them and they’re very respected in our home.”