Friday, August 7, 2015

Sterlin'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.


“Sterlin is a twin; him and his brother were born early at 28 weeks and 4 days on Valentine's Day their due date wasn't until Cinco de Mayo... I always say they didn't want to be party babies they wanted to be sweet Valentines :) :) Sterlin weighed two pounds 15 and a half ounces and his brother Gunnison weighed 2 pounds 10 ounces... the doctors thought they would come early at 23 weeks so they sent me to the hospital and gave me steroid shots for their lungs and a pessary to help my thinned out cervix... was at home on modified bed rest for five and a half weeks... they were healthy Gunnison had a heart murmur from his PDA valve not closing they gave him routine medicine and one of the super rare side effects was NEC... it all happened super fast he had two surgeries two weeks after they were born and removed the hole in his intestines but his body was already so toxic it just started shutting down... he went to Heaven on February 28th... Sterlin stayed in the NICU 67 days and came home over 5 pounds on April 21st at 38 weeks exactly :) :) He's still doing great, thankfully, and will be 6 months on the 14th... Weighs around 12.5-13 lbs and 24-25 inches long!!”

A Note From Wendy:

“The session was wonderful.  I have never met a couple that were so thankful and appreciative about everything.  They would say ‘thank you’ for everything.  It was refreshing and made me think about how thankful I am.  The one photo where Sterlin is looking up goes with a story she shared with me that one day she was playing with Sterlin on the bed and he kept looking back and forth laughing but not at her.  He was looking past her so she said he was seeing his brother.  The look on his face in that photo suggests he is looking at his brother.  They were great folks.  Really enjoyed the session.”

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 Elkin, NC.

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

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