Monday, May 21, 2018

Alex and Eddie's NICU Grad Session

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos.
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.
A NICU STORY | ALEX AND EDDIE




Alex and Eddie's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.




Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request form can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 1000 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Rochester NY.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.




Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hazel's 1 Year Old NICU Graduate Session!

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos. Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families. 

We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints will help families heal and remember how strong they were in overcoming their NICU journey together. 

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM HAZEL'S FAMILY

We spent 147 days in the NICU after Hazel was born at 1 lb. 1 oz! She is a micro preemie, a princess warrior, and a miracle baby. She has defied all odds and is thriving.







Hazel's photo session was taken and donated by 
Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, 
Rita Davis

A Note From Rita: 

This was a “1 year old” Nicu graduation for the beautiful Hazel! Always smiling and flirting with my camera, this tiny girl has a huge personality! A fighter, nothing in life will stop little Hazel from being the best she can be! Congratulations on such a beautiful family! I am very thankful for having had the pleasure to photograph this fire-cracker.

Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families, and organization – please do not use for any purpose.



Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 600 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Houston, Tx.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Welcome Valerie, New Photography Volunteer

Please help us welcome volunteer photographer, Valerie! She will be helping give the gift of NICU photography to preemie and NICU families in Colorado!


Valerie Pettyjon
Valerie Pettyjohn Photography 
663 N. Saddle Rock Dr.
Grand Junction, CO 81504

photographybyvp@gmail.com
Valeriepettyjohnphotography.com

SERVICE AREA: Grand Junction

HOSPITALS:  St. Mary's Medical Center, Community Hospital, Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center




                                                          About Valerie:

"Hello. My name is Valerie. I am a wife, mom of 4 boys, and a photographer. I have been a photographer for 3 years. My goal is to capture memories that families can treasure for generations. I became a volunteer because I know how precious my children's photos are to me and I want to give those memories to other families."


www.preemieprints.org
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ava's NICU Grad Session

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos.
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.
A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM AVA'S FAMILY
Our daughter Ava decided to come just 2 days after we lost my father in law. When my water broke at home in the middle of the night my first thought was it's too early for her to come. I tried to stay positive in the way to the hospital. When I finally got into a room my contractions were 3 minutes apart. I knew she was ready to meet everyone. When it came time to push I asked the Dr if I could hold her after she was born and her response was "as long as she comes out crying. I prayed with each push I would hear a cry when she was born. 5 pushes later my beautiful baby girl was here and she came out crying and it's a moment I will never forget. I got to hold her and tell her everything will be ok. While the NICU team was assessing her I had my husband and mom make sure she was ok. Before they took her to the NICU, we were able to get our first family photo. It was 5 hours later before I got to see her again. Seeing her for the first time hooked up to machines and an IV my heart sank. I kept saying to myself why us? Why her? But she was beautiful. Everyday we spent with her in the hospital was a rollercoaster of emotions. Ava did great during her time there but I felt so much guilt with leaving her everyday. I didn't feel like her mom because someone else was taking care of her. She had lots of visitors. Then the day came, 31 days later we were able to bring our princess home. It was the best day because our family was finally complete. It was hard to say goodbye because the nurses became family to us. We still were very cautious on where we took her and who she was around. I didn't care about not getting sleep because she was home. I was able to take more time off after she came home which was good because Ava and I created a bond that no one will separate. Ava is thriving and meeting every milestone at her pace. She is the sunshine on our gray days and can put a smile on anyone's face. If I could give any advice to parents going through the nicu right now it would be stay strong. Your baby needs you and it's ok to cry and ask for help. You are still their parent and you are their voice. If you don't like something speak up. We believe my father in law sent Ava to us early so we wouldn't be sad that he was gone. This may sound odd but she has so many qualities of him. We know she is a fighter just like he was. We love our princess and when we look at her we see our little miracle.





Ava's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.

A Note From Jen:
Ava was born at 33 weeks, and I got to meet her and her family at 10 months old. Always an honor!




Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request form can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 1000 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Rochester NY.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.




Monday, February 26, 2018

NICU Grad Session - William and Kade

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos. Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families. 

We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints will help families heal and remember how strong they were in overcoming their NICU journey together. 

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM WILLIAM AND KADE'S FAMILY

Our identical twin boys were born at 34 Weeks. Baby A, Kade, was doing ok at birth and we got to see him right away. Baby B, Will, had more trouble with breathing and was taken immediately to the NICU. A few hours later We were able to hold them both. Luckily Will is a fighter and was only on Oxygen for 24 hours. Mostly both boys only needed help with eating and keeping their temps. As we learned and most NICU parents will tell you, it’s an hour by hour thing in he NICU with lots of ups and downs. We toured the NICU but nothing can prepare you for leaving your newborn babies at the hospital. Or for the struggles they would face simply to eat. A lot of tears were shed in the 2 Weeks they were there. We are fortunate to have worked with amazing doctors and nurses who made it a little more bearable. We are also fortunate that our NICU journey was over after 2 Weeks. It was the hardest 2 weeks of our lives and hopefully theirs too.

 







William and Kade's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Brian C. Parks.

A Note From Brian:

Another twins shoot! It's always a lot of fun shooting twins (it never fails, one of them is always a lot more into the shoot than the other). Luckily, we were able to coordinate this shoot on a tight schedule, but we pulled it off with aplomb! Big sister Charlotte was a big helper and managed to keep us all in line. : ) 

 

After the first ten or fifteen minutes, both babies were awake and engaged. As usual, everyone did an outstanding job. Thanks to the family for their flexibility with the scheduling!


Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families, and organization – please do not use for any purpose.

Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 600 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Bryan/College Station. 

We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Audrianna's NICU Session

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos.
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM AUDRIANNA'S FAMILY
As a mother of two children who were born full term this is a life I never expected, you always see preemies and pray for them and their families and feel sympathy for them but until your in the situation you really have no clue what they go through on a daily basis! We all have heard of preeclampsia, again not really sure what it entails until it happens to you. As a nurse the day I’ll never forget started with some edema in my legs followed by high blood pressures and going from a local hospital to another over a week (including Christmas) and tons of medication I was finally allowed to go home due to my labs all being normal but I knew something wasn’t right I just didn’t feel well was discharged Friday 12/29 in the afternoon symptoms continued to increase over that night and the next day more edema nausea seeing spots and upper right quad pain finally Sunday morning 12/31 I could no longer stand the pain and I was no longer feeling my babygirl move so I went back to my local hospital who sent me back to strong by ambulance where when I arrived I learned I had the HELP syndrome and my labs finally showed preeclampsia and no longer had the option to stay pregnant a nervous wreck for my baby girl because I was only 27 weeks and 5 days pregnant and I was not prepared at all for anything nor did I have time to
prepare myself but I put all my faith in God and prayed my hardest after an emergency c section our little one pound fifteen ounce princess warrior was born who we nicknamed Wonder Woman she was born breathing on her own then required some help and was put on c pap then early her second day of life required more help and had to be intubated and have a breathing tube help her to breathe which my phone in my hospital room rang at 4am
and my heart dropped they informed me of the situation and that she was a difficult intubation so I quickly went to see her no words can express the hurt you feel seeing your child like that and feeling like you have failed because your body was the reason she had to be born as the days pass we have ups and downs from blood transfusions to extubation and re intubation due to her not being successful the first time to re extubating days later and it being a success and back on c pap every preemie story is different each baby fights for their life daily in different ways every day brings new challenges and you never know what to expect but I am certain that God gives his preemies to all his perfectly selected parents and I’m beyond blessed to be one and have our little Wonder Woman ❤ Still in the NICU and counting the passing days praying it won’t be long until we are all home as a big happy family ❤





Audrianna's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.

A Note From Jen:
Look at how sweet Audrianna is! Tiny little peanut, but doing well.


Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request form can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 1000 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU photography session that took place near Rochester NY.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.




Derrick's NICU Grad Sesison

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos.
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.
We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM DERRICK'S FAMILY
In April, 2017, I was shocked to find out that I was in labor at 26 weeks pregnant. To our surprise, our 2 pound 9 oz little boy, Derrick was born. He was delivered at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, NY. They have a terrific maternity department, but not quite right for our little miracle. Three hours after he was born, he was transported to the NICU at Strong Hospital in Rochester, NY. He spent the next 97 days there. He had a breathingtube for a few weeks, needed blood transfusions, had 2 hernias and 5 hemangiomas. Everyday brought a new concern. We never thought the day would come that he would be able to come home. We visited every day, receiving updates, holding Derrick and encouraging him to grow stronger each day. In late July, Derrick came home with us. It wasn't easy, he had a feeding tube and was on 9 different medications, but we were able to spend every moment of the day with our little guy. He is currently 5 months old and over 13 pounds. Derrick is our miracle!





Derrick's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.

A Note From Jen:
Derrick was a 26 week preemie--now he's 10 months old and doing great!


Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families,
and organization --  please do not use for any purpose.
____________________________________________
Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request form can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 1000 NICU family sessions.
This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate or NICU photography session that took place near Rochester NY.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.