Friday, February 10, 2017

Nancalee and McKynlee'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.
Born via emergency c-section due to placenta abruption, my son had to be resuscitated at birth twice, therefore was with out oxygen for quite some time. We stayed in the NICU for 8 days, during that time my son was on a breathing machine, had jaundice, and wasn't eating well.
The day my babies were born and the journey to that day was so full of emotion for me. I knew something was wrong. I gained no weight my whole pregnancy (who does that carrying 2?). I had 23 hospital visits, 2 sets of steroid shots, contractions for 4 months and was on medication to stop them. I don't remember much from the day of delivery as it all happened so fast and I was put to sleep. When I saw my boy hooked up to what seemed to be hundreds of machines, hearing things beep, and not know why and then heard that he had to be resuscitated, I completely fell apart. I've never felt so helpless to my children even surrounded by my family. I begged to hold him, but I wasn't allowed to. Worst 12 hours was later that night when the nurse came to my room and wheeled me down for some much needed skin to skin. All I could do was cry and try so hard not to squeeze his fragile body. I wiped my tears off of him; he was so perfect. The care that my babies received from the nurses was phenomenal. No words can express my love for them. They made me feel so secure and comfortable. They showed me how to nurse them and were so willing and eager to help. Its been a rollercoaster with him, we've had 2 long hospital stays so far with possibly some neurological problem, but we're in good hands with Golisano Children's Hospital."

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

A Note From Jen:
These two loved each other so much! Born at 35 weeks after a placental abruption, they are now almost 7 months old. Adorable!

(Photos here)

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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