Friday, April 24, 2015

Eli and Sam's Preemie Prints NICU Grad Photo Shoot

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos. 
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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 boys, Eli and Sam who were born at 35 weeks. We had just had a big snowstorm the day before but I managed to trudge my very pregnant self on the bus to a non-stress test. It turns out that I suddenly developed preeclampsia and was sent a couple blocks over for additional monitoring. The doctors quickly informed me that I would not be leaving and my boys would be born that day. It was quite a whirlwind (10 months later I can use that term- at this time is was really stressful) but at 5:02pm Eli was born and weighed 5 lbs 8oz. Sam was born at 5:03pm and weighed 3 lbs 11 oz.

The boys were in the NICU for 12 days (left on the same day). It was difficult and the best thing that happened to us at the same time. It was such a roller coaster of emotions because we were first time parents, didn't know the "rules"/culture of the NICU, and obviously concerned about our little guys. However, we learned so much from the nurses and were much more comfortable with our babies by the time we left. Due to my preeclampsia, I was on magnesium for 24 hours and didn't get to see the boys after the OR which was really difficult. However, I felt like they were in the best hands that were not mine. Over the nearly 2 weeks that they were there, I was able to heal from surgery and was physically prepared to take on the challenges of 2 tiny infants.”

A Note From Sarah:

“It was such a pleasure to finally meet this special NICU family. Twin boys are near and dear to my heart since my own boys are twins. These little guys were just the cutest. Eli was full of smiles for the entire session and while it took Sam just a bit longer to warm up, he was also giving us toothy grins by the end. We could not have asked for a more perfect spring day to shoot our session! To make our session a bit more special, we shot the boys' One Year NICU Graduate images the grounds of the hospital where they were born. They were born at the first hospital founded in the nation, which was founded in part by Benjamin Franklin, in the heart of the historic Old City section of Philadelphia. I must say, between the history, the perfect weather, and the heart-melting smiles, I am simply in love with the images we captured for this gorgeous family!”

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 photography session that took place near Philadelphia, PA.

We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

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