Sunday, February 12, 2017

Adelyn and Emma: NICU Grads!

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.

Our miracle babies were taken by emergency c section due to preeclampsia at 34 weeks. They were in the NICU for 12 days and were very healthy considering they were 6 weeks early. They were 4'14 and 5'2 lbs. Since they had been monitoring me they did give me some steroids to help with their lungs and I think it really helped because they didn't need breathing tubes. Their biggest difficulties were learning how to eat from a bottle and maintaining their temperature. They were in isolettes for most of their stay and we had to keep checking their temps for awhile after coming home. Now they are 6 months old(4 1/2 corrected) and are hitting all of their milestones! We consider ourselves extremely lucky and blessed:-)Remember that they are where they need to be right now and they are getting the care that they need. the hospital environment is extremely exhausting and overwhelming so make sure you take some time away and breaks to process and recover. It was extremely emotional the first time I left the hospital and went home without my babies but it was exactly what I needed to come back to them stronger and rested. Take help when offered! Lean on your support system...they are there for you. Last but not least don't feel bad denying visitors. I remember being completely overwhelmed with family wanting to see the babies and hold them but what they don't understand is that you don't even get to hold them for that long or often. We had days where we just said no visitors at all and looking back I wish we had done that more. You will get through this!!!

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

A Note From Jen:
34 week rainbow babies--now almost 6 months old! They were so good during our session and "posed" beautifully. Sweet girls!

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 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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