Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sweet Baby Leah's NICU Grad Shoot With Joy!

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.

"Leah Grace was born June 8th, 2013. She weighed 4 lbs 13 oz, 17 3/4 inches long and arrived at 34 weeks by c section at 3:42 am. For us she's our little miracle baby. We struggled with infertility never knowing if we would ever become parents. Many prayers were answered with our pregnancy and Leah's entrance into this world. We still are amazed with our precious gift from God and quite grateful; she is a pure joy and delight in our hearts.

We had been under monitoring for Gestational Diabetes and BP began to rise as well as cramping in 2 weeks prior to delivery. On June 7th around 1:30 in the morning my water broke at 34 weeks. Leah was delivered by C Section June 8th. We were able to gaze into each others faces for a few moments before she was taken to the NICU. They needed to help with her breathing, eating and Bilirubin. One by one she overcame those obstacles as well as a cranio scare after nurses were concerned about her head shape while in the NICU. Again she overcame that as well. 

It can be a scary experience but you really see what strong fighters they are and you are touched by those around you, dedicated staff and even complete strangers who have supported your sweet child in some way during their stay in the NICU. The whole experience changes you and makes you want to find a way to repay that kindness."

Preemie Prints Volunteer Photographer:
Joy Holdmeier Photography - St. Louis, MO

A note from Joy:
"It was a pleasure meeting little Leah and her family for her photo shoot. You can see how truly grateful they are for their little girl. They had prayed to God for her for 4 years. Although she was born early, she is now a happy and healthy little girl who was full of smiles!"

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 and visit our website at 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 St Louis. MO.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

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