Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hello, Maeve!

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.
Maeve was a micro preemie born at 25w4d weighing 1lb 11oz. She has battled a UTI at two weeks old, a brain bleed, BPD, kidney reflux, feeding issues and horrible reflux. She's a fighter and has been since she was born. We spent 93 days in the NICU and are still battling some of these issues at home. She's my hero!I never thought we'd get through it. I thought our NICU journey would never end. How could my micro preemie ever be healthy enough to go home? Guess what..... It does end. Sometimes it may be a short stay and sometimes it's a long stay. However there will come a day the nurses put your baby in their car seat and walk you out the door. For us it was a long 93 day stay. Some many times I wanted to give up, I was so tired and overwhelmed. Then I would look at my 1 pound 11 ounce baby fighting to survive and grow and I knew-if she wasn't giving up then I couldn't give up either. The NICU is a club I never wanted to be a part of but had no choice in the matter. It's a place unlike any other. You meet nurses who give themselves to "their" babies, you meet other parents who get what you're going through-you support each other through the hardships and celebrate each other's successes, you meet Drs who understand your frustration but have only your child's best interests in mind, and you meet superheroes in the form of NICU babies. My daughter is my superhero. She showed me what it meant to have my heart outside my body, what true strength really meant, and that each day is a gift.

Maeve's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.

A Note From Jen:
Maeve was a 25 weeker, born weighing less than 2 pounds. She's nearly 10 months old now, and we spent a very hot evening walking around Maplewood Rose Garden. When I was sorting through the photos, I was struck by how she was giggling in nearly every single photo. Too cute!

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 or NICU 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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