Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Tiny Miracle - 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.


My daughter Gabriella was born on December 26th 2015 at 4:34 pm. She was 23 weeks and weighed 1pound 3ounzes. Her due date was April 23rd 2016. When she started to come into this world she tried to come in feet first. They immediately rushed me for an emergency c-section. She's known on the floor for being fiesty and spicy. She's 3 weeks old today.

Gabriella's journey just in the 3 weeks we have been here has not been easy. She has her good days and with the good is also some bad. It was hard at first seeing Her in her incubator with tubes and wires. However the first time she opened her eyes It made it easier. Seeing her grow and change right in front of my eyes is amazing and scary. Our journey has just begun and we still have a long way to go but with faith and hope I know we will get through this. 

Volunteer Photographer: 
Jen Sternal-Johnson, Blackbird Photography
A Note from Jen: 

Gabriella is the tiniest preemie I've worked with, born at 23 weeks, 2 days.  Now she's a month old and almost 2 pounds!  She still has a long fight in front of her, so I am hoping and praying and sending my best wishes to this family. It was an honor to be invited in and I hope to work with Gabriella again soon!

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 600 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Rochester, NY.
We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

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