Monday, May 1, 2017

Finley'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.

“Finley was born a micro preemie at 27 weeks weighing 2 pounds 14 ounces. He had grade 2 and 3 brain bleeds, PDA, and ASD. We were devastated knowing about his brain bleeds which were severe and can cause life long physical and neurological delays. However, he's a fighter! His breathing is getting better and better and is now without any assistance. He's overcome staph infections and is lucky enough not to have ROP. He's still learning and practicing bottle feeds. That's the most difficult part for most preemies before they can come home. It has been 82 days of NICU since he's born and still counting. It's been a long journey thus far filled with ups and downs. But we've learned to look at how far he's come instead of how much further he still needs to go. He will he there at his own speed. We also learned not to take anything for granted and enjoy the moment! Hopefully, Finley can come home with us and finally meet with big sister Fiona soon (kids under 13 not allowed in NICU during flu season).”

Update: Finley had his photo shoot the day he went home from the NICU!

Finley’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Rita Davis.

A Note From Rita:
"Today is a very special day; after over 3 months in ICU, baby Finley is going home! On January 17th, Finley decided to come into this world earlier than expected; he was born at 27 weeks; and every day from that day has Finley had to fight against all odds. Finley's mom and dad are an inspiration; their commitment and dedication to Finley and his growth, development, and well being is admirable. I wish all the best for you (Michelle) and your family and I hope these pictures can be both a reminder of how far Finley has come and how limitless his future will be.  I am so grateful for your family letting me be a part of this first baby step of his life."

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 400 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Houston, TX.

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

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