Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Rory'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.

Rory was born at 35 weeks and I was in labor for 42 hours after he kicked my water, breaking it, and him not ready to come out. When he was born he had Jaundice from being preemie and having a different blood type. Rory was in the hospital for a week, released, and readmitted for Jaundice less than 12 hours later (he clearly should never have been released in the first place). He was also at risk for having lung issues and was given something (sorry, it all blended together of what it was in the IV) to help his lungs as a precaution. His weight and temperature were issues during his first week but finally he started to gain. I know we weren't in the hospital long but it still felt like a lifetime and I have never cried so many tears in my life! I really wish I did know about this service at this time. I wasn't able to schedule any type of photos for while we were at the hospital or even take a second to think about it. Leading up to his birth we had many scares (that all ended up being false) but it was a very stressful time for us.

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

A Note From Jen:
Rory was born at 35 weeks and spent 10 days in the hospital, but now, at 5 months old, he's home with his family! We tried to take advantage of our beautiful weather and hit the beach, but it was so windy--had to go home. Still, this sweet boy has such a lovely nursery that it worked out just fine!

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 form can be found on 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 sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 1000 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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