Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Carter's NICU 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.


“Carter was born at 25 weeks after my water breaking at 20 weeks. He weighed 1lb 11oz and 11 3/4 inches. His lungs were severely immature because he did not have any measurable fluid for 5 weeks. He was 1lb 11oz and 11 3/4 inches long. He was at his first hospital for 3 weeks and was transferred to another because he developed an inguinal hernia. As soon as we got there, emergency surgery was performed right in the NICU at the bedside because he was too unstable to be moved to the OR. He lost 10cm of bowel and had an ileostomy and was not expected to make it through the night. He was extremely sick for a very long time, on high frequency ventilators for the first 3 months of his life. I didn't get to hold him until he was 3 months old. He is now 11 months old and we are at our 3rd hospital. He's had 5 surgeries, 25+ blood transfusions, numerous bouts of pneumonia, bone infection, and numerous health problems including pulmonary hypoplasia, chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, tracheomalacia, and bronchomalacia. He now has a tracheostomy and g-tube. He is ventilator dependent and is currently struggling to transition to the home vent. He cannot go home until he is stable on the home vent 24/7. He is 11 months old and has spent his entire life in the hospital.”

A Note From Andrea:
“When I first arrived for this little man’s session, he was still napping, so I took the opportunity to get some sweet, sleepy pictures. After he woke up, his loving big sister (who posed for the loveliest picture for me) and parents and I had a blast trying to get lots of smiles and giggles from him. Thank you, family, for letting me share these precious moments with you. I hope you love these.

Love, Andrea”

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 Spring, TX.

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

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