Friday, September 9, 2016

Mason's NICU Grad 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.
He was born at 35 & 3 and I only got a quick kiss before they took him away for hours. Then I got a little hand hold and was gone again. I didn't get to hold him for a day. He was only in the nicu for a week and a day but it felt like a year. He is better now and a healthy baby. The nicu was the hardest thing I've gone through. Which if you know me says a lot. Moms, you are not the only one there crying all the time I promise. I lived in the nicu while my son was there. Get outside, go for a walk. Getting away (when not breastfeeding) was very beneficial for my mental health. Even though I looked like the train wreck I was. Read to your baby. Do everything you can to bond while there. Be an advocate for your baby. If there's a nurse or doctor you don't want near your baby speak up they can and will be reassigned. It took me a while to step into my role as mom in the nicu given the circumstances. But once I did and advocated for us, things got better. Lastly, it can't rain all the time. Enjoy and hold onto the good moments.

Mason's photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jennifer Sternal-Johnson.
A Note From Jen:
I met Mason and his family at the local sunflower field last weekend. He was not impressed by the wind and the sun, but we managed to get some pretty cute photos anyways!

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 500 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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