Friday, July 8, 2016

Meet Mila! A Preemie Prints NICU Photography Session

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.


Mila was born at 32 weeks due to a uterine rupture. She is just starting her journey. Her older brother was born at 29 weeks and now a healthy 15 months old so she has someone to show her the ropes.
Mila's journey is just beginning. She is our second preemie and we are hoping for a quiet stay. Our son came in to this world at 29 weeks and had quite a struggle. I can honestly say I have witnessed a miracle. I watched a boy who no one thought would survive to not only get better but to thrive and grow up healthy. It was so tough going back to the same spot and hearing the same noises (you never forget these) with yet another child and then you realize that you've seen the worst and you've been hopeless and this time is different. Never lose hope.”

Mila's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Cassandra Change.

A Note From Cassandra:

"I had the pleasure of first meeting Mila's family for her big brothers NICU grad session some time ago and also had the pleasure of doing his Birthday pictures where I found out he was going to be a big brother. We made plans for me to be at Mila's birth and well things don't always go as planned as Miss Mila decided to come 8 weeks early! When I went up to meet her she had just hit her Two WEEK Birthday and was up to 4 POUNDS, which is HUGE, and she did not disappoint. Mila's mommy, Daryna, is such a strong woman. While I was there it was time for rounds, which if you have never been to a NICU rounds it is made up of about 6-8 professionals, and to see this "Momma Tiger" advocate for her daughter was amazing. I can't wait to track this families journey!"

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 photography session that took place near Castleberry, FL.

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

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