Thursday, January 28, 2016

Miss Maisie's 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 found out we were expecting a baby girl the same month our adoption was approved in March 2015. According to the social worker, our adoption must be placed on a hold until 6 months after our biological bundle of joy has had time to bond with the family.

Since March, the pregnancy had been going well. I had the typical morning sickness, wanted to take lots of naps, and craved comfort foods. The last week of September, approx. week 29-30, they saw an abnormality in the blood flow pattern from the placenta to the baby. Our scan on October 13th, confirmed that the baby had not been getting the necessary nutrients. She had grown only 1 oz. in two weeks. Thankfully, I was being monitored closely and they caught this in time!!

We entered the hospital for mandatory bed rest at 31 weeks on October 13th and were told we would not be able to leave the hospital until our baby girl arrived. They said bed rest could last from 48 hours up to 2 weeks.

While on bed rest they tracked oxygen levels, blood flow to the placenta, heart rate and blood pressure. On October 15th, my blood pressure went sky high and this became unsafe for the baby and for mom. An emergency Cesarean was performed within 30 minutes of the unfavorable test results.

So, our little mountain of mischief presented herself much sooner than expected! Maisie Eve was born on 10/15/15 at 5:15 pm weighing 3lbs and measuring 14.5 inches. She is Exactly two months early. She will be in the NICU for 4-6 weeks. We can tell she is a feisty little pipsqueak and a true fighter.

After trying to conceive a child naturally for 5 years, being told we could not get pregnant, deciding to adopt, then unexpectedly getting pregnant, this experience has been quite a whirlwind!!!

We decided to call her Maisie which means pearl. Pearls take many years to form into something precious and rare. We think this fits our story quite well. Her middle name, Eve, is my mother's middle name, who is a true fighter as she has been battling leukemia for three years. If Maisie is as much of a fighter as she is, she will be strong and healthy in no time!”

Update: Maisie has graduated from the NICU and is now home. :)

A Note From Kara:
“Baby Maisie is such a miracle. Despite her past difficulties she has risen above the odds and overcome a lot. Little Maisie is so loved by many. Her whole family came out to get in a few shots with her and, of course, her big brother had to make an appearance in her session. Many times the client thinks these sessions are a blessing, but I assure you the photographers who donate their time and skills are also blessed in return. Nothing can compare to the priceless moments captured during a session. It is such an honor and privilege to be involved in this organization.”

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 Irvine, CA.

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

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