A birth mother's message to her son before his adoption in 2016 was formalized is going viral for all the right reasons.
What's the background?
Hannah Mongie was just 18 years old and out of high school two months when she became pregnant with her son in 2015. She was in a fairly new relationship with Kaden, a young man two years her senior, and neither of them were in a position to be able to care for a child.
Just 12 weeks into Mongie's pregnancy, however, her 20-year-old boyfriend suddenly died of natural causes.
Instead of even considering the option of abortion, Mongie, after much careful consideration and deliberation, opted to give her baby up for adoption.
Mongie, in a November 2015 video, revealed that abortion was simply not on the table.
Despite the cards being stacked against her, Mongie said, "Never once, though, did I let abortion become an option for me."
"I have heard so many women fight about abortion, saying that 'they have a right to their own body,'" Mongie said. "They don't want to be inconvenienced by this."
She added, "Newsflash! That little thing inside of you is not your body! It is another human being."
What happened then?
After her son, Taggart, was born several months later in March 2016, Mongie recorded a follow-up video chronicling her decision to give the newborn up for adoption.
Mongie made the video for her son so that he could understand her decision to place him with another family.
The video was filmed at the hospital — just days before the child's adoption — and featured Mongie speaking to the newborn.
"I made this video so that you know how much I love you," Mongie can be heard saying through tears.
Mongie can be heard telling the child about her struggle leading to her decision in favor of adoption.
"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," Mongie explained. "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."
Mongie revealed that she found the perfect family during her pregnancy and soon began devising an adoption plan.
"Over time, me and your mommy Emily [Marsh] became really good friends," Mongie said.
"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," Mongie said, adding that she helped Marsh put together the baby's nursery.
Mongie concluded, "Before I sign you off to Brad and Emily ... 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."
At this time, Mongie's second video has been viewed more than 1.1 million times.
What's happening now?
Mongie was a featured guest on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" on Tuesday where she discussed the adoption road and talked about her current relationship with her son, and his new family, Emily and Brad Marsh.
"We had this mutual understanding each of us is [Taggart's] mother and we are both confident in our roles," Mongie told Kelly. "She is the mom who raises him. I am his tummy mommy. And he is always going to know I gave him life and gave him to his family."
Mongie, now 20, told Kelly that she enjoys a close friendship with the Marshes, with whom she talks to and hangs out with "on a regular basis."
The Marshes were also guests on Kelly's show, where Emily explained her relationship with Mongie.
"I think for some people it’s hard to comprehend the idea of us having such a healthy, balanced relationship with one another, where everyone feels safe and protected in their roles," Emily Marsh told Kelly. "The emotions Hannah shares in her video are very raw and very real. I don’t think many people understand how hard it is for these birth mothers to place their babies for adoption."
"They don’t understand how what she is doing is out of greater love and selflessness," Emily added. "She loves little Tagg so much that she recognized she couldn’t offer him what she wanted him to have, at that time in her life."
Emily told Kelly that little has changed in the closeness of her relationship with Mongie since Taggart was born two years ago.
"With [Mongie's] birthday we try to celebrate eating out together and spending time together," Emily explained. "Not much has changed about our relationship over the last two years. We talk to each other just as much and see each other almost as often. We continue to feel and treat each other like family: comfortable, loved, invested in each other’s lives. We continue to have consistent, open communication and enjoy each other’s company."
For her part, Mongie said that she wants to have a family of her own one day.
"I am stronger than I ever thought I was," Mongie said. "When I am older and have some more education and work experience behind my belt, I have every intention of being a wife and a mother."