Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Grayson'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
“My son, Grayson, was born September 27, 2014 at 31 weeks and 3 days. He was a healthy 4 pounds and came out screaming! He has three older brothers (Nick - almost 14 years old, Josh - almost 12 years old, and Noah - 2.5 years old).

Grayson spent a total of 46 days in the NICU and came home on an apnea monitor. He was a fighter from the beginning always pulling off his CPAP and pulling out his feeding tube. There were many ups and downs during his NICU journey including staph infections in both eyes (which required us to gown up before being able to hold him. Grayson tried to tell the nurses and doctors that he was ready to go home after about 30 days, but then he would drop his heart rate while eating. This led to the apnea monitor for about 6 weeks after his discharge. As much as I DID NOT want to take him home on a monitor, it definitely let us get some sleep those first few nights! I cried the entire wheelchair ride from the NICU to the hospital exit -- because I was so happy that he was finally coming home!”





A Note From Maria:
"I had such a wonderful experience meeting this sweet family. I was so fortunate and honored to capture these images that they will cherish for a long time. Grayson is a handsome happy little 9 month old who captured my heart as soon as I saw him. His smile is so captivating, you would never know he had spent over 2 months in the NICU at birth. Thank you Preemie Prints for bringing this family into my life, I will always have a spot for little Grayson in my heart." 



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 Frederick, MD.


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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Surviving The Odds! 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
“We spent 7 weeks visiting our twin boys in the NICU at College Station Medical Center. With each and every visit we were welcomed by very caring staff that knew all about Preemie Prints and what they had to offer. If it was not for all the LOVE from the NICU staff and Preemie Prints, we definitely would not have had such a positive NICU experience.

Our entire pregnancy, my husband and I were aware of our very high likelihood of becoming a NICU parent. At just 11 weeks gestation we were sent to Houston to be told that there was less than a 1% chance that even one of our babies would survive, much less two. Houston fetal specialists would tell us, "If you make it to 24 weeks with two live babies we will be impressed." One of our twins had a velamentous cord attachment and was not getting "adequate" nutrients for survival. They were then at risk to one another because they were monochorionic (they share a placenta and are only separated by a very thin membrane). We choose to let nature takes its course and form and HUGE prayer team to pray like crazy.


Long story short, we now have two healthy identical twin boys! Not to say that we did not experience one hell of a roller coaster ride along the way both physically and emotionally, but we all survived the pregnancy. We made it to 31 weeks! The boys weighed in at 3.10 lbs and 2.1 lbs (baby with velamentous). We barely got to glance at them before they were rushed to the NICU and hooked up to all kinds of cords and monitors. This is all we knew for the next 4-5 weeks. We did not know what they looked like without all of their "decorations" if you will. As they grew stronger and we were allowed to hold, feed, and fully experience our boys, the LOVE that was showered upon us from others that had also experienced NICU babies was absolutely vital to our positive outlook. Without Preemie Prints, I think both my husband and I would have been lost in the mindset of "what if we never leave here." Hearing others’ experiences with prayers and encouragement from complete strangers we were able to be the positive mindset of "we have made it this far, we WILL go home as a happy family of FOUR!"

We welcomed home Tucker at 6 weeks and Tavin (our wee one) just one week later. We could not have asked for better LOVE and support throughout our NICU experience! Thank You Preemie Prints for all that you do! 

With lots of Love,

The Dwyer Family - Kyle, Sarah, Tucker & Tavin"








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 Bryan, TX.


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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Alice's 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
“Alice Elizabeth joined our family on May 16th, 2015 6 weeks early. She was 4 pounds 8 ounces. Due to preeclampsia she had to be evicted from her cozy home early. Mommy and daddy spent about a week in the hospital before meeting our princess. Because I was on magnesium during delivery, I was not able to hold or see Alice for 24 hours. It was the longest day of my life.

Our NICU stay was incredible. Even after I was discharged, I felt confident that this was the best place for my beautiful baby. The nurses were fantastic and taught me what to do while I was there so I could come and go as I pleased and take care of my baby on my own. They helped and supported me in my breastfeeding journey and I got to kangaroo everyday she was there.”





A Note From Kate:

“Alice was wide awake and ready to play for her session! No problem - it just meant we got more shots with those big, beautiful eyes!! What a beautiful 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 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 Waukesha, WI.


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

Welcome New Photography Volunteer, Sabrena!

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


Service Area: Round Rock

Hospitals: Scott & White Round Rock, Setan Williamson, St. David's Round Rock


About Sabrena:

“Sabrena is a photographer empowering women in Austin, TX. Her passion is showing women how strong and beautiful they are. Through volunteering with Preemie Prints, she can show families how strong they are.”

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.