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 baby girl's name is Arabella Rose. She was a tine miracle, weighing only 4 pounds 15 ounces and was 17 inches. I delivered her via an emergency C-Section.
At my 20 week routine ultrasound our baby was diagnosed with a condition known as Gastroschisis, which is an abdominal wall defect. I was immediately referred to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where I was closely monitored until delivering her in the SDU. When Arabella was just one week old, she had surgery to repair the opening in her stomach. Two days following her surgery, we were finally able to hold her for the very first time...What a wonderful feeling! Our daughter spent a month in the NICU recovering. She had to slowly be introduced to breastfeeding, and we had to make sure that she could tolerate my milk. Fortunately, she had no trouble digesting her feedings, which gradually increased each day. We are so happy to have our beautiful baby girl home with us now! She is doing well and enjoys spending time with her two year old big brother, Tristan. All of the doctors and nurses at CHOP were exceptionally caring. My family and I can't thank them enough for saving my daughter's life. God is so good!"
Preemie Prints Volunteer Photographer:
Anne Knot, Luce Delle Stelle Photography - Willingboro, NJ
A note from Anne:
Last week I had the privilege of photographing the beautiful Miss Arabella. Some shots included her loving and attentive big brother, but most featured Arabella by herself. My only regret about the photos is that they don't show what was going on behind the scenes. The beautiful smiles she gave us were only when mom (Valerie) was close by. As soon as Valerie backed up, Arabella was immediately nervous, and as soon as she saw mom close at hand, she rewarded us with the most beautiful facial expressions. Seeing that bond between Arabella and Valerie was incredible.
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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 near Willingboro, NJ.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.