Wednesday, April 26, 2017

William and Nikola'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.


"I was admitted into the hospital just north of 34 weeks, with what I thought was labor pains. Having had one previous preterm scare no chances were to be taken. So we drove to RGH at 10:30 pm only to arrive and most of my symptoms abated. They still took urine, hooked me to monitors to check on the boys, and watched me for a bit. Shortly thereafter we were told I was showing the signs of pre-eclampsia. I was admitted after that. Based on the circumstances - gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, and pre-eclampsia causing my blood pressure to continuously rise, the OB's on staff and our own OB who was scheduled off had a discussion and determined that all signs indicated the boys needed to come out. They scheduled surgery for the following day. At 1:17 and 1:19, my sons came into this world quietly, and then screaming, to life. At 5lbs 8oz and 5lbs 4oz, they were healthy sized boys, but went straight to the NICU. I was put into recovery and had some serious spikes in blood pressure, and couldn't meet the boys until 10:30pm! After that, as often as I was able, I was by their isolates. They had some trouble regulating their body temperature for the first week and a half. William ended up getting an NG tube due to not finishing his bottles. Nikola had some struggles with his bilirubin, but they were very strong little guys! After 11 and 12 days in the NICU they were able to come home with their father and me. We've been so lucky ever since!"

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

A Note From Jen:
"William and Nikola (or, as mom and dad call them: IV and Kola) were born at 34 weeks and spent 11 and 12 days in the NICU. They are about to turn 1 year old, and they had the best curls and smiles ever--super sweet! AND, they're going to be big brothers soon!"

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 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 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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