Saturday, May 27, 2017

Taylor'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.
"Taylor was admitted to the NICU at birth due to being premature. My body developed preeclampsia and caused me to go into pre-term labor. Taylor was born at 3lbs 11oz. She had to be fed by NG tube and also had apnea episodes. After a (long to me, short to some) 18 day stay we were finally sent home.No matter how short or long the stay is in the NICU, it's a trying time on any parent. Leaving the hospital without your baby is a feeling no one can describe. You feel lost, helpless and alone. Lean on other people to help you get through it. We were in the NICU for 18 days. To some that's short, but to me it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It became a part of life. I would wake early before anyone else was up, shower quickly, rush around to head up to the hospital. I would be able to stay for 4-6 hours before my husband had to leave for work and then come home to be with our other children. Some nights I would cry myself to sleep, because I wanted my baby next to me. Other nights I knew she was where she needed to be at that time. It was a roller coaster ride. When you have strong people to ride that roller coaster with you, you don't feel so alone. My advice, don't take one day at a time, not even an hour. Take it minute by minute. Don't get discouraged when there are set backs. Remember to lean on other people and to take care of you so you can take care of your baby."  

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

A Note From Jen:
"Taylor was born at 34 weeks when her mom developed pre-eclampsia, but now at 11 months is doing well! She was so cheerful and her two big sisters just adore her!"

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 500 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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