Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Surviving The Odds! A 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.

“We spent 7 weeks visiting our twin boys in the NICU at College Station Medical Center. With each and every visit we were welcomed by very caring staff that knew all about Preemie Prints and what they had to offer. If it was not for all the LOVE from the NICU staff and Preemie Prints, we definitely would not have had such a positive NICU experience.

Our entire pregnancy, my husband and I were aware of our very high likelihood of becoming a NICU parent. At just 11 weeks gestation we were sent to Houston to be told that there was less than a 1% chance that even one of our babies would survive, much less two. Houston fetal specialists would tell us, "If you make it to 24 weeks with two live babies we will be impressed." One of our twins had a velamentous cord attachment and was not getting "adequate" nutrients for survival. They were then at risk to one another because they were monochorionic (they share a placenta and are only separated by a very thin membrane). We choose to let nature takes its course and form and HUGE prayer team to pray like crazy.

Long story short, we now have two healthy identical twin boys! Not to say that we did not experience one hell of a roller coaster ride along the way both physically and emotionally, but we all survived the pregnancy. We made it to 31 weeks! The boys weighed in at 3.10 lbs and 2.1 lbs (baby with velamentous). We barely got to glance at them before they were rushed to the NICU and hooked up to all kinds of cords and monitors. This is all we knew for the next 4-5 weeks. We did not know what they looked like without all of their "decorations" if you will. As they grew stronger and we were allowed to hold, feed, and fully experience our boys, the LOVE that was showered upon us from others that had also experienced NICU babies was absolutely vital to our positive outlook. Without Preemie Prints, I think both my husband and I would have been lost in the mindset of "what if we never leave here." Hearing others’ experiences with prayers and encouragement from complete strangers we were able to be the positive mindset of "we have made it this far, we WILL go home as a happy family of FOUR!"

We welcomed home Tucker at 6 weeks and Tavin (our wee one) just one week later. We could not have asked for better LOVE and support throughout our NICU experience! Thank You Preemie Prints for all that you do! 

With lots of Love,

The Dwyer Family - Kyle, Sarah, Tucker & Tavin"

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 sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. 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 Bryan, TX.

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

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