Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Twins, Gia and Gabriella's NICU Grad Photo Shoot

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.

"I have twin who are now 10 months old They were born at 32 weeks gestation. Gabriella weighed 2 lbs 7 oz at birth and Gia weighed 3 lbs 4 oz at birth. They will be one on October 14! My life changed forever that day. Although I had been a NICU nurse for nearly 13 years, I never knew what it was like to be on the other side of the isolette. My girls were very tiny for their gestational age, but wow, in the blink of an eye it seemed like they gained a few lbs. Gia came home on November 19 and Gabriella was home on November 27. The 6-7 weeks they were in the NICU they grew in their isolettes and learned how to eat. They both had central lines (PICCs) for several weeks, and after that, it was feeding and growing! Being a NICU parent has really changed my views of the NICU. I now really understand what "miracle worker" means. I was blessed that my girls had a wonderful course in the NICU. I now see the struggles that come along with being a preemie that I never really realized when caring for them! It's been a journey, but one I am so thankful for. I have two beautiful baby girls that I am blessed with.

The NICU is a miraculous place, where wonderful things happen every day. I am so blessed my girls did so well, and we were able to have them home with us just in time for the holiday season in 2013!"

A Note From Joy:
Gia and Gabriella are celebrating their first birthday!! These little girls were born at 32 weeks. Mom is a NICU nurse, so I can only imagine how hard it was on her to know the ins and outs and have to JUST be MOM during the time they were in. I have no doubt she is even better at her job now that she knows what is like to be on the other side. Thank goodness for her and all our wonderful NICU nurses! The girls are doing wonderful today. They have such different personalities and they really showed them off in their session. I had so much fun with them! Happy Birthday girls!!!

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 sherri@preemieprints.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 St. Louis, MO.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

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