Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Triplets! A Preemie Prints Photo 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.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM
“After a few years of trying to get pregnant my husband and I ventured into the scary world of fertility treatments. We did 2 rounds of IUI followed by 3 rounds of IVF. On our 3rd IVF attempt we put in 2 embryos. We thought, "Maybe twins. We can handle twins". Our attempt was successful and at our first ultrasound to confirm our pregnancy we got the surprise of a lifetime- triplets! My husband literally did not speak for a week. We had a fairly uneventful pregnancy (in terms of triplet pregnancies) until week 24. The babies tried to make an escape and make their entrance. Two rounds of emergency steroids and a 4-day stay in the hospital and we were able to stop labor. I went on house arrest and stopped working at 26 weeks. We made it to 33 weeks before my body started shutting down. We were admitted to the hospital on Saturday night for hospital bed rest, but quickly it became obvious these babies were coming. Just 2 days later on Monday morning our 3 sweet babies were born. Our son was 4 pounds 12 ounces. We also have identical girls weighing 3 pounds 8 ounces and 4 pounds 3 ounces. I was discharged 5 days after their birth; that was the hardest day of my life. I remember crying, almost mourning, leaving the babies in the NICU to go home. The nurses assured me I could call any time, day or night, and they would update me. And they kept their word. I called every day and my husband and mom drove me back and forth almost every day. At 14 days our youngest girl came home. Surprisingly on day 15 the NICU called and told us to come pick up our son! Our littlest girl struggled to gain literally 1 ounce; she was 3 pounds 15 ounces and they could not discharge her because car seat limits are 4 pounds. Finally, exactly 3 weeks after being born our last baby came home. We watched other babies come and go, every day was a new adventure, we weren't even in charge of our own babies. We were very lucky to have mostly healthy babies who just needed time to grow and gain weight, but the NICU experience was still hard for us as new parents.”





This photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Jessica Morais.

A Note From Jessica:
“At 33 weeks Lena, Luca, and Mila made their way into this world. This was my first session with Preemie Prints and I was lucky enough to get triplets!!! Triple the laughs and giggles, triple the kisses and hugs. I honestly loved every minute that I spent with this caring and loving family. I feel so blessed to have been able to capture these moments for them. Thank you Preemie Prints for giving me the opportunity to meet this amazing family.”





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 sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. 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 Brookfield, CT.


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

Meet Jamie! New Photography Volunteer

Please help us welcome volunteer photographer, Jamie! She will be helping give the gift of NICU photography to preemie and NICU families in Washington!



Service Area: Battle Ground, Vancouver

Hospitals: Peace Health Southwest Medical Center


About Jamie:
“Hi! I am Jamie with A Thousand Words Photography. I am passionate about my work and I love working with newborns. I want to be a part of Preemie Prints because I feel that every new baby, no matter how small changes SO much in those first few days and parents should have that memory of their little to look back on. I have been a photographer for 10 years and have specialized in newborns for the past 2 years. I look forward to working with you and your family!”


www.preemieprints.org
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 sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 500 NICU family sessions.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Thank You IUGR Support Group!!

For the 2nd year in a row we have been abundantly blessed by this amazing group. Each year the Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) Support Group hosts a virtual 5K and chooses a donation recipient. This year the IUGR support group has donated $1,390.54 to Preemie Prints. We are beyond thankful to them. It is because of their donation we are able to continue our work. 

Each year we count on our annual Preemie Prints Little Monsters 5K/3K to help us keep Preemie Prints running. Since we are busy mothers running this organization, we don't have time to put together more fundraisers to help. Although the Little Monsters 5K/3K continues to grow each year, so do our needs and expenses. Therefore, any additional donations or help offered by other groups, individuals, or businesses helps us tremendously. 

IUGR has truly become a partner to our organization, and we want to spread the word about their work and group. So please help us offer our support by sharing this post or letting someone who may have an IUGR baby know that there is a wonderful support group out there for them. 

Thank you again IUGR Support Group for what you do, and for supporting what we do. Many blessings from Preemie Prints! 

About IUGR:

Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) refers to a condition in which an unborn baby is smaller than it should be because it is not growing at a normal rate inside the womb. Delayed growth puts the baby at risk of certain health problems during pregnancy, delivery, and after birth.

The IUGR Support Group is a resource/support group for parents or soon to be parents (and loved ones) of an IUGR baby/child. It is a safe place to ask questions, share information, stories, updates, and reassurance to others who may receive an IUGR diagnosis. Hearing this diagnosis is scary, but we are here to help and support each other through the journey. We can be found at www.facebook.com/iugrawareness and https://www.facebook.com/groups/iugrsupportgroup/



Thank you IUGR for helping to make our work possible


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Little LIam's 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.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM DAD
"Liam was born at 1 lb 11oz at 29 weeks and he was a IUGR that is why he was so small. He was doing well until about 3 weeks of life when he first got NEC, he also contracted Staph and E Coli during this time. After overcoming those he was diagnosed with NEC two more times. On May 1st he has 30% of his colon removed and 8" of small intestines. He was then given at Mickey Button so he could go home and we could work on feeds there. He was home for a few weeks when he was rushed to the ER and life flighted back to the Med Center and had to be resuscitated on 3 separate occasion. He was then sent home mid September with a feeding tube in his nose, oxygen and a few other monitors until he was ready for surgery which he had on November 2nd. He had a Fundo placed (Fundoplication Surgery) to stop his bad case of reflux that attributed to his breathing issues. Glad to report he is home now with no tubes in his nose and is starting to finally be part of the family!"



Liam’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Andrea Bacle.

A Note From Andrea:
“We had to reschedule this little man's session a few times, because we wanted to wait until he was able to sit up on his own. Once we could, what better place to sit a baby up than in the middle of a patch of Texas blue bonnets? Thank you, sweet family, for a fun morning!”




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 sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. 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 Spring, TX.


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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Joshua's NICU 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.

A NICU STORY | THOUGHTS FROM MOM

“He came a little too early. The doctors tried everything to keep him in, but he was ready to see the world. After an emergency cerclage was put in, bed rest, and attempts to stop labor, he was born at 23 weeks and 3 days. We are still on this journey through the NICU; hopefully, he will be discharged on his due date.”





Joshua’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Ashley Parker.

A Note From Ashley:
“This past Sunday I was able to photograph sweet Baby Joshua in the NICU. I had such a wonderful time with my first Preemie Prints shoot! The mom was SO excited about their session! Baby Joshua turned 2 months old just last week and weighs 3lbs! My favorite part of the session was being able to bless this sweet mom with photos of her little guy! I loved hearing her story and all about Joshua! I left there feeling so blessed and thankful that I could share my talent with them and give back! I look forward to hopefully working with this family again in the future!”




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 sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 400 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU photography session that took place near Roanoke, VA.


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