Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Malachi's NICU Grad Photo Shoot

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 MOM

“Malachi is my 2nd baby boy, 1st preemie. My first pregnancy went so smooth I had a natural delivery. Within 3yrs after my 1st I had 3 miscarriages. I went in to get my yearly check with my OB & we were scheduling to tie my tubes, because the miscarriages took a toll on my body & health. Well when I went in they had to do the regular routine pregnant tests. My OB came in & I was pregnant!! I had already been having spotting so I figured I was just late for my period. I was told I would be having a miscarriage to just take it easy. Well we made it to 21wks & I started having lots of pains so I went in to L & D (labor & delivery). I was informed once again take it easy looks like your uterus is not strong enough if baby comes we will not save him until you are 23wks. I took it easy, we made it to exactly 27wks & started feeling an excruciating tearing feeling in my pelvic area. Went in to L & D I was told I had a stomach bug, went home started having heavy bleeding all night; the next day went back in. On call OB pushed on my uterus & baby's heart rate started dropping drastically. So we got rushed to the OR room to have an emergency caesarean (C-Section). It was the scariest feeling I've ever felt, not knowing what would happen and I had never been under full anesthesia. All I remember is waking up in pain, no more belly & different doctors coming in to speak with me. It's all so foggy but from what my husband told me they would air flight Malachi to Cooks Children Hospital. I was pumping, nothing was coming. I had it all planned. I would breastfeed baby 2 as long as I could. Well my milk wouldn't come in, but I didn't give up. I was finally discharged & went straight to see Malachi. It was such a heartbreaking moment for me, I felt I let my baby down. My body couldn't keep him in. I had so many emotions at the beginning, it was hard. Everyday I went & took my milk. Malachi had feeding troubles & breathing. I thank God for his doctor who listened to me & gave him a chance to do it on his own, even if it was a few hours before he needed help. We are our baby's advocates; these babies are so much stronger than we think. I stayed from sun up to sun down. It took a toll on my older son & my husband. It was one of the hardest times of our lives. Malachi was in the NICU 90 days & came home on Halloween, his due date. He is now 8 months actual, 5 adjusted, and just the happiest baby. He did not come home on any machines. He has the expected delays, but I am blessed to say I was able to see an actual miracle before my eyes.”




Malachi’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Judy Cocchiarella.


A Note From Judy:
"What a privilege to photograph this beautiful family.  I was humbled to hear their story and to witness for myself their strong faith in God, which has carried them through this difficult journey.  Malachi grows stronger every day and every milestone brings joy to his parents.  What a blessing!"



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

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Fort Worth, TX.


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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

NICU Grad Session: James & Victoria

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 JAMES & VICTORIA'S FAMILY

Our NICU was amazing. All of the NICU nurses were the absolute best you could not ask for anyone better. Our time there was scary but very hopeful. I spent many days crying in my babies room only to receive comfort and love from our NICU doctors and nurses, and reassurance that our babies were doing well and getting better and bigger. 









James & Victoria's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Brian C. Parks.


A Note From Brian:

James and Victoria were champs. The morning was supposed to be overcast and cool, but when the day came there was nary a cloud in the sky. Struggling to find shady spots in the garden area behind the George Bush Presidential Library, the twins were super troopers, going through four changes of clothes in what must have been at least ninety-plus degree weather.

It was a fun challenge working to get both of them to pay attention at the same time, as what worked on my kiddo didn't seem to have much luck with the other! Needless to say, some Photoshop work will be involved! ; ) But they held on through it all and at the end of the shoot, I knew we had some great shots to take home.


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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

RyLynn's NICU Photo 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 RYLYNN'S FAMILY
Our little peanut came at 31 weeks, Due to placenta previa. Everyday is a journey.




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


A Note From Jen:
Rylynn was born at 31 weeks, and is about to go home to her family!





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 600 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.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Welcome New Photography Volunteer, Crystal!

Please help us welcome volunteer photographer, Crystal! She will be helping give the gift of NICU photography to preemie and NICU families in Fort Worth, Texas!



Service Area: Fort Worth
Hospitals: Cooks, Harris South West all surrounding hospitals


About Crystal:
"My name is Crystal Barham. I'm a local photographer in Benbrook, Texas. I am married to my husband of almost 17 years, we have four wonderful children, one of the being in heaven. I've been doing photography for over four years. I started getting in to it right after we lost our son, Jaxon, who passed away when he was 6 days old. We really didn't even think about having his pictures taken until somebody asked if we would like to have it done. I'm so blessed that we have these forever moments to look at and remember our son.

It has been on my heart for the last year to give back to others. To give them forever moments they might not have gotten. I'm so excited to join Preemie Prints and can't wait to share my passion, photography, with people who really need it the most."


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.