Monday, September 21, 2015

Roman'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.

“Our son Roman was born at 27 weeks, 5 days on May 9th, 2015. We developed reverse end diastolic flow and he had to be born via emergency C-section after a 5-day stay in the hospital. He was born IUGR at 1 pound 12 ounces, and his biggest challenge proved to be his lungs--he was intubated and on the ventilator (including the high frequency oscillator) for nearly 7 weeks.

Roman is the light of our lives. When he was born, my husband and I were prepared for him to not cry, but he did, letting us all know that he was here. His lungs were very underdeveloped, and he had to be put on the ventilator for many weeks. It was 4 weeks before I could hold him for the first time. It is still the best moment of my life. When Roman was six weeks old, he developed pneumonia. He was on 100% oxygen, the high frequency oscillator, and nitric oxide. The doctors weren't convinced that he'd make it through, but suddenly, he turned around. He's proven just how strong he is. He is my hero.

He's still in the NICU at the Medical Center of Plano. 103 days later and finally, he's on the nasal cannula. He's still on oxygen, and the doctors predict that he will need oxygen at home, too. He's happy, though, and his smile is the best part of my day. He has the diagnosis of Chronic Lung Disease, and he's gone through multiple rounds of steroids, diuretics, and blood transfusions. He's currently learning how to bottle feed--one step closer to discharge! We have a long road ahead still, but we're light-years away from where we started.”

A Note From Minvi:

"It was a pleasure to meet Baby Roman and his parents, Mia and Steven. His parents clearly adore their little first-born boy and look forward to bringing Roman home soon. He has the sweetest face, all wide-eyed and happy to be cuddled by his mom. We visited about their move from San Antonio due to Steve's job, and Mia going back to school at the University of Texas-Dallas. Very blessed to meet this young family and wish them the very best."

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 Dallas, TX.

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

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