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.
A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM
“In May 2012, my husband and I welcomed our first son into this world. He was perfect and beautiful. I had developed severe preeclampsia and was only 25 weeks along. Graeson James was 1 lb. and 7oz. Unfortunately, his little lungs were too underdeveloped and he passed away at 7 days old. We were devastated but decided to try again a year later. It was a high risk pregnancy and after a lot of prayers and a lot of worries we made it to 36 weeks before being hospitalized with preeclampsia. After a week stay, I was ready to deliver by a scheduled C-section at 37 weeks. Wheeling into the OR, my husband and I thought we were in the all-clear. How wrong we were. Things started going very wrong during the C-section. I was put under as things became critical. I awoke hours later to find out we had a baby girl (our third one) but she had been born with an APGAR score of 1. She was born not breathing and had a faint heartbeat. My husband thought we were losing yet another child. I began hemorrhaging and both our baby and I required blood transfusions. Wyler Grace was rushed to the NICU where there were talks of transferring her to another hospital to be put in a cooling system. We were blessed she didn't have to go. However, the next day I became very ill and had to be taken to ICU. After all was said and done, Wyler had spent 5 days in the NICU and 2 days in a regular room. I spent 2 days in the ICU and 5 days in a regular room. She is now turning 8 months old tomorrow and is doing very well. She is truly our little miracle!! Thank you very much for this opportunity!”
A Note From Lacy:
"Adorable. Loveable. Spunky. That's how I would describe Wyler. A precious miracle baby for the Salzmann family. She smiled and laughed at her sisters as we played in the church yard while I took photos. Obviously happiest when she was being held, especially by her mother. You could feel the love just pouring out. What a joyous and happy way to spend my afternoon. I cannot wait for my next NICU Grad Photo Shoot."
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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 Bedford, IN.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.