Thursday, April 23, 2015

McKenzie's Preemie Prints 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.

“At 13 weeks pregnant we went in for an ultrasound and the doctors had told us that they suspected a partial molar pregnancy. (It turned out to be blood clots in the placenta.) We were told that there was no chance of having a normal healthy baby and continuing with the pregnancy would put my life at risk. They recommended for us to terminate the pregnancy immediately. This came as a shock to us since minutes before we had been watching our little one wiggle around on the ultrasound machine and listened to a nice strong heartbeat. We told them that was not an option. As long as our baby fought, so would I. We went in for scans every 3 weeks and watched our perfect baby girl grow. At 35 weeks we discovered that she had stopped growing around 32 weeks (IUGR) and it was time for her to come out. I ended up with an emergency C-section. McKenzie was born on 4/5/14. She was perfect in every way. She was 4 Lb 1 oz and 17.5 in long. She was small, but mighty. I had to be put under for the surgery so I didn't get to meet her until several hours later when they wheeled me to the NICU.

While in the NICU, McKenzie had trouble maintaining her blood sugar and body heat. She was also jaundice. We also struggled with getting McKenzie to eat so she could gain weight and come home. After 1 week in the NICU we were excited that McKenzie was doing great. She had been moved to a new room and was in a regular bed. The day before we were supposed to come home she had a sleeping Brady, which extended our stay. She had a few more feeding Bradys over the next few days. At 10 days old we were finally able to bring home our perfectly healthy baby girl.
I had read in an IUGR support group that these babies are fighters. They are small, but mighty. McKenzie was our 4lb 1oz little fighter. She was our miracle baby that doctors told us didn't have a chance.”

A Note From Patty:

“I had the pleasure to meet the waters family and specially their beautiful baby daughter, she is so cute, healthy and full of energy. They are a super sweet family and it was a great honor to meet them and photograph beautiful Kenzie.”

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 Brentwood, CA.

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

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