Thursday, February 9, 2017

Meet Nora & Ellie! Preemie Prints NICU Grad Photo Shoot

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.

“My identical twins shared a placenta. Because of this, Ellie had intrauterine growth restriction and a few other complications while in the womb. I was admitted to the hospital a month prior to their birth for daily monitoring. I had an emergency c section at 33 weeks. Nora was 4lbs1oz and Ellie was 3lbs3oz. Both had normal preemie complications. They had the Cpap only for a couple of days. They had to be under the lights multiple times. But really they were there to learn to eat, grow, and control the bradys. Both girls were in the NICU for a total of 29 days. They did well enough that after 2 weeks, they transferred them to a hospital closer to our home.

I have sat down to write this several times now. It is difficult to put into words how I am feeling. My twin girls are 7 months now. They are happy, healthy, and home! Our hearts are so full. I remember being in the hospital while on bedrest, for a month prior to delivery, reading other's success stories and thinking "will that ever be us?" Time seemed to stand still. All I could focus on was getting through the next hour and keeping my babies safe. Once they arrived, I knew the NICU was going to be an emotional rollercoaster. And it was. But the lows made the highs all the sweeter. I found it more difficult after my babies finally came home. I was on autopilot just doing what I had to while caring for my twins in the NICU and my family at home. I looked back at my NICU experience and struggled with feelings of guilt, grief, and sadness. What I hope to let others know is that if you too feel or have felt this way, there is healing. I can now see the blessings that came at such a difficult time in mine and my family's life. At the end of each exhausting day, find the positives. Whether it was a kind nurse, another milestone met, or just knowing you have your sweet little one/s here. This trial will pass and you will be stronger for having gone through it.”

Nora & Ellie’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Blaire Ring.

A Note From Blaire:
“I had so much fun with these amazing twins and their vibrant big sister! They shared a placenta which led to their arrival at 33 weeks, but aside from some "normal" preemie complications, they are doing very well. The one thing that immediately stuck out to me was how enamored they are with their sister - she was at times the only one who could make them laugh!”

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 photography session that took place near Leesburg, VA.

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

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