Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Josiah'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
“Josiah is our first, so we were completely shocked when what I thought were Braxton-Hicks contractions at 29.5 weeks gestation turned into early preterm labor. In the middle of the night, Sunday, November 20th, we rushed to the hospital that we had yet to tour at, finding ourselves just minutes before he would be born. Just 10 minutes after we got admitted, I gave birth vaginally to our son who was breech and still in his water sac. Soon after they found the heartbeat, they discovered he had a rare birth defect - imperforate anus. He was quickly transported to the local children's hospital. Just before we got separated, I was able to hold Josiah for the first time. I will never forget the wave of emotions that flooded my heart as I stared at my tiny, tiny firstborn. Tears of gratitude mixed with fear of the unknown took over...how were we going to get through this?? Upon being discharged, I went to the children's hospital to see my son. As I walked up to the incubator, I just remember crying and crying. All I could see were wires and monitors. The medical team quickly informed us that he not only had an imperforate anus but that he has VACTERL syndrome where other organs also had issues in relation to his imperforate anus. He also had to go into surgery the day after he was born to create a temporary way for him to pass stool. What were the odds that all of these rare things were happening to our son? Those early days were a complete blur of emotions and tears. But slowly and surely, we began to find our own rhythm and routine at the NICU. We started to ask more questions, became informed of our son's condition. The medical team became like family...and the slow, slow days turned into weeks that helped us grow in confidence that we could raise our son well and that he would be a happy and healthy boy. We had so many friends and family who poured into us, who prayed for us, and helped us to declare that our son would be a miracle boy. And that is what he became...apart from the VACTERL syndrome imperforate anus birth defect (which he would have still had if he was born full term), he had no other major preemie issues. He was off of all oxygen support within the first two weeks...took all of his feeds well...and no other major issues or scares along the way. He grew and developed and was discharged a week and a half earlier than his original due date. On our last day in the NICU, one of our NP's did her final assessment of him. As we were talking about his NICU journey, she summed it up best,
"Honestly, for how early he was born and the fact that he didn't have any major issues...it's really a miracle. He's a miracle."
 I will forever hold that conversation in my heart. And though there is still a long journey ahead of us, we would never trade our miracle boy and his story for anything in the world.”






Josiah’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Lisa King.

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 400 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Kansas City, MO.


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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Kenzie and Savannah'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 KENZIE AND SAVANNAH'S FAMILY
Savannah Rose and Kenzie Hope were born February 10th, 2017, at 30 weeks and 3 days. At 16 weeks of pregnancy we were diagnosed with TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome). At 19 weeks my boyfriend and I traveled to Philadelphia Children's hospital where I had laser surgery to save their lives. It worked!!!! Both girls are currently at Strong Memorial and doing well. They are breathing on their own and doing great with feedings. We are extremely blessed!







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






A Note From Jen:
Kenzie and Savannah are identical twins who had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in the womb and had corrective surgery at 19 weeks. They were born at 30 weeks and at 9 days old, were already off oxygen and doing great! Can't wait til they are home with Emily and David and their big siblings!





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.

Andrew'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 ANDREW'S FAMILY
Andrew was born at 29 weeks and 3 days via emergency c-section. This early delivery was due to his mom developing severe atypical preeclampsia. Although Andrew was small he was very healthy and due to steroid shots was able to breathe on his own right from the beginning. Andrew is now 3 weeks old and working up on his feedings and figuring out how to digest his milk. He will be in the NICU for several more weeks as he gains weight and learns to regulate his body temp and eat by mouth.





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


A Note From Jen:
Andrew was born at 29 weeks, and I was lucky enough to meet him on Valentine's Day! He is a month old now, and growing and gaining like a little star. Hoping he can go home soon!






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.

Rory'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 RORY'S FAMILY
Rory was born at 35 weeks and I was in labor for 42 hours after he kicked my water, breaking it, and him not ready to come out. When he was born he had Jaundice from being preemie and having a different blood type. Rory was in the hospital for a week, released, and readmitted for Jaundice less than 12 hours later (he clearly should never have been released in the first place). He was also at risk for having lung issues and was given something (sorry, it all blended together of what it was in the IV) to help his lungs as a precaution. His weight and temperature were issues during his first week but finally he started to gain. I know we weren't in the hospital long but it still felt like a lifetime and I have never cried so many tears in my life! I really wish I did know about this service at this time. I wasn't able to schedule any type of photos for while we were at the hospital or even take a second to think about it. Leading up to his birth we had many scares (that all ended up being false) but it was a very stressful time for us.



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


A Note From Jen:
Rory was born at 35 weeks and spent 10 days in the hospital, but now, at 5 months old, he's home with his family! We tried to take advantage of our beautiful weather and hit the beach, but it was so windy--had to go home. Still, this sweet boy has such a lovely nursery that it worked out just fine!






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 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, March 6, 2017

Expanding!! A Preemie Prints Sew & Craft in Edna, Tx

We are so excited and thankful for a wonderful group of ladies who came together in Edna, Tx to sew & craft for  Preemie Prints. They supported our mission by helping to sew NICU positioners. These "snakes", as many parents and nurses refer to them, help to keep a baby warm & cozy. They help NICU staff to create a womb-like environment and they help to position the baby properly. They also aid in wire placement. They are really helpful and probably one of the programs our partner hospitals are most thankful for.

This group had a wonderful time, and they hope to become an official Preemie Prints chapter. If they decide to do this, we will be adding on the Victoria, Tx NICUs as official donation recipients. At their next meeting they will be working on the Preemie Prints giraffes and creating bundles to give to NICU families.

To form a chapter, it takes commitment and love for NICU babies and their families; we're excited to have the support of this wonderful group of ladies!







Monday, February 27, 2017

Triplets!! A Preemie Prints 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
"Our triplets were born at 30 weeks and 4 days. We were blessed to have no major issues at birth. Baby B required oxygen for 2 days, they each were treated for jaundice, and all have a heart murmur. However, Baby A suffered from an intestinal infection that was life threatening. Thankfully it was caught early, treated and he is now healthy and strong. We were blessed to have nothing but the best doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians caring for our children while at the Florida hospital.  We cannot thank them enough.
We were told from the moment that we were pregnant with triplets that the pregnancy was high risk. We knew what could go wrong. However, we remained steadfast in prayer and leaned on our faith that our God who blessed us with the opportunity to become pregnant, would also bless us to carry our babies to term healthy and strong. Our time in the NICU was tough, but we spoke with the other parents, made friends and leaned on each other for support and encouragement. Pray, stay positive and keep an open mind and heart. It will seem tough, but your baby is a fighter. Their strength while in the NICU will surprise you! They are teeny tiny, yet strong and mighty, so you have no choice but to be just as tough.
We started a blog to share our journey. It's therapeutic to write about your experiences. Due to hormonal imbalance, we relied on infertility drugs to assist us with becoming pregnant. We did not need an ivf, but know many families who did. Either way, natural, assisted or not, we're beyond blessed to be parents of strong and preemie triplets. Our biggest achievement and greatest blessings.     Http://3paynesinapod.com "



This photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Cassandra Chang.

A Note From Cassandra:
“I was able to catch up with the 3 lil "Paynes" in a Pod after one of their doctors visits one evening. Anyone can tell you working with any baby in the evening can be bad (VERY BAD) however these three were awesome and did I mention they drove over an hour for the doctors, spent time there and then drove another 20min to me?? The personalities of these three are so complimentary to each other, one was singing, the other was "ham"ming it up (until the camera came out of course), and the third was quietly escaping while her siblings distracted us! Normally I would edit and do a head swap (or two) for a family photo however do you see the smiles on those parents and the three different directions each baby is looking? Well it was such a happy moment (even though dinnertime had passed) so I left it because quite honestly it was so them. I can only hope I get the privilege of seeing these three again!"


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 400 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Orlando, FL.


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

Welcome, Stephanie! New Photography Volunteer

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


Stephanie Booth
Stephanie Booth Photography
stephanieboothphotography@gmail.com

Service Area: Tupelo
Hospitals: North Mississippi Medical Center, Women's Hospital of Tupelo


About Stephanie:
“Hi, I'm Stephanie! I am a family documentary and lifestyle photographer in Tupelo, MS where I live with my husband. The power of photography became clear to me when I first started photographing our goddaughter. Our families live far apart, so I cherish every moment captured in our short times together! Preemie Prints offers me the opportunity to give that gift of connection and beauty to families going through an uncertain and exhausting season. I look forward to participating in this small way in their brave fight.”


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.