Friday, April 25, 2014

Anna'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. Preemie Prints support programs include NICU photography and NICU graduate photography (the gift of photography at no charge for a NICU family), the gift of handmade items, group events and meetings, information, and prayer support. Our mission is to connect parents and let them know they are not alone. 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 remember how strong 
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

"Our sweet Anna Joy's remarkable story began at our 20 week ultrasound where she was diagnosed with spina bifida.  Spina Bifida is when the spine of the baby has an opening and the spinal cord and nerves are not protected.  Anna and I (her mommy) underwent surgery together when Anna was just 24 weeks gestation called open fetal surgery.  During the surgery they placed her spinal cord back inside of her and closed the opening on her back.  She was just 1 1/2 pounds for her surgery.  After her part of the surgery was complete they then closed my uterus and I was on strict bedrest with the hopes that Anna would arrive at 37 weeks.  Bedrest was going very well and Anna was doing great until we reached 29 weeks.  At 29 weeks, 5 days I went into intense labor, my water broke at home and Anna was born 3 hours later in a hospital room with no one there to help us.  I truly believe God was with us the entire time.  I never felt frightened and I am unbelievably grateful for His protection.  :)  After Anna was born everyone rushed into action and she was taken to the NICU.  After a few wonderful hours of bonding with her through the windows of the incubator she was transported to our Children's Hospital.  I was discharged the next morning to be with her.  She had many ups and downs, steps forward, steps back in the NICU but after 72 days she came home!  On her due date!  :)   It was a wonderful day and such an amazing feeling to have our family of 6 finally together at home!  Anna is such a blessing, she fills our hearts with joy every single day.  She has been through so much already- even before she was born and she is thriving!  She is our little miracle!!"

Preemie Prints Volunteer Photographer:
Daneane Robinette - Cinncinatti, OH

A note from Daneane:
"I had a great time photographing Anna Joy. Anna’s mom had some great picture ideas!  I always love when clients have meaningful props or special ideas they want to capture. One idea she had was to capture the beauty of Anna’s scar.  Anna was big and strong-kicking her feet, sitting up, grabbing her toes…you would never know that she started out so small and was at risk for not being able to move her legs.  That beautiful scar on her back is a reminder of the obstacles she has overcome and what a miracle she is!"

These photos belong to Preemie Prints, our volunteer photographers, and our families. Do not use for any purpose. 

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