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 never thought in a million years we would have a premature baby! I was a healthy, happy, glowing pregnant women loving every kick, waddle and my ever growing belly. We planned for an all natural doula assisted birth, with one of the best OB's in the country-Everything was going perfectly, until 33+6 I started to get uncomfortable, I vomited up for the FIRST time and thought I had pulled a muscle-luckily my 34 week routine office visit was the next day-I told my OB about me throwing up, and how I pulled a muscle and this end of pregnancy stuff is no joke-non of this sat right with her so she ordered blood work and a 24 hour urine test. On the drive home she calls and tells me I need to head back to have an emergency c section-I have HELLP Syndrome, my liver and kidney's were only functioning at 10%, the pulled muscle was actually my liver swelling about to explode. My body was failing me, and creating an unsafe home for our unborn baby-I was c sectioned a few short hours later. My son and I are lucky to be alive, I spent 8 days in the hospital recovering and was on blood pressure meds for the next 3 months. Without the fast actions of my OB I am confident we wouldn't be alive. Hellp is so rare nurses and other Drs would come in to my room just to meet me-and I was (I say was because this experience has been very humbling) to stubborn to believe my body was failing. Tak is now a happy healthy 4.5 month old and I am now a SAHM loving watching him grow."
Preemie Prints Volunteer Photographer:
Erin Sricharoon, Captured By Grace Photography - Los Angeles, CA
A note from Erin:
"I had so much fun with this family. Tak is blessed to be born to parents whose love for each other and their son just radiates. It is clear to see that Tak is a fighter who is growing stronger each day. During our session he showed just how strong by sitting up on his own longer than he ever has before. It is hard to believe he was once premature and fighting for life. At 6 months old he is full of light, curiosity and is ready to explore the world around him. I am privileged to know this amazing family and to provide NICU graduation pictures!"
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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 email@example.com 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 baby photo shoot that took place near Los Angeles, CA.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.