Sunday, October 2, 2016

Meet Willow

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.
Willow spent 3 weeks in NICU. She has spina bifida and was born with a large open hole in her back with her spinal cord exposed. She underwent her first surgery at 24 hrs old. She was unable to lay on her back until she was 6 weeks old. Also, Due to her Arnold chiari malformation she struggled with apnea and was placed on oxygen (which she also came home with). She has had further surgery to place a shunt in her head to remove excess fluid from her ventricles. She remains delayed developmentally in her motor skills, but is continuing to make strides due to therapy and great doctors!

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

A Note From Jen:
Willow was born with Spina Bifida and had her first corrective surgery at 24 hours old. Now she's almost one and seriously, one of the happiest kids I've met!

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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