Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Aria'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.

“Aria was diagnosed with CHD (congenital heart defect) at 20 weeks in the womb. She has multiple heart defects. She was in the NICU and then transferred to the pediatric cardiac unit. She had open heart surgery on her 10th day of life and came out like a warrior! Since then, she's also had surgery to get a G-tube. Finally, after 34 days we were able to take her home! She will have another open heart surgery between 4-6 months and again at 3 years old.”

Aria’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Katelyn Pullum.

A Note From Katelyn:
"Aria is 7 week old warrior who is healing from open heart surgery at just 10 days new! It was an honor and a pleasure to work with this family.  They spent weeks visiting their baby in the hospital and she was only released a weekish beforehand.  The day she came to me she was given clearance to be picked up under her arm pits and lay on her tummy.  I know mom and dad were still nervous so I stuck to mainly back poses and wrapped set ups!  She was a bit squeamish but its more of the age, they are very awake and alert at 7 weeks and not as sleepy as newborns.  But we still got some awesome shots for the parents!"

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 500 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Kissimmee, FL.

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

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