We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints
will help families heal and remember how strong
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.
OUR NICU JOURNEY | FROM MOM
Our NICU journey began when our son, Sean, arrived at 37 weeks. What started out as a routine visit to our doctor's office quickly turned into an emergency Cesearean due to a placental abruption. Sean's heart rate was dropping quickly due to the tear, and I was bleeding internally. Up until the time they started cutting we still didn't know if I would be under general anesthesia or local, meaning my husband could be in the room. Thankfully my tests came back in the normal range and I was put under local anesthesia. As soon as Sean was delivered the nurses and doctors began working on him. Original APGAR score was a 1; two tests later we were up to a 9. My husband went with Sean to the NICU while I went to recovery. I wasn't able to visit Sean in the NICU until the next evening once I was stable. My husband visited the NICU often, receiving updates from staff and taking photos/videos to share. The word "amazing" doesn't fully describe the NICU staff but it's all I can come up with at the moment. Without the hard work and persistence of the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals at our hospital, I think we would have had a very different outcome. To other NICU families, remember that you are not alone. There are others who share the same shock, pain and fear that you are feeling right now. Remember to have faith and hold on to all of the precious moments to come."
Preemie Prints NICU Photography Volunteer
Hilary Roberts - Austin, TX
A note from Hilary:
"Today was such a fun session! There is something overwhelmingly amazing about a newborn. Sean was a wiggly little guy but you couldn't help but fall in love with him."
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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 in Austin, TX.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their very personal story & memories in
support of other NICU families.