Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thomas'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.

My son, Thomas, was born full term after a healthy pregnancy and seemingly normal labor. Suddenly in the middle of labor, I experienced a full uterine rupture and placental abruption, and Thomas was free floating in my abdomen with no life line and no oxygen. What took place following was like out of a movie, the whole hospital responded to the code bell, and I was put under general anesthesia quickly. When I woke up I was told he was being transferred to the NICU, that he was born with no pulse and had to be fully revived, and sustained significant oxygen deprivation. Within a few hours of his birth he as placed on a cooling blanket to lower his metabolic rate in an effort to reduce the effects of his oxygen deprivation on his brain and other vital organs, because at this point he had been diagnosed with Moderate Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. After 72 hours he came off of the blanket and slowly but surely needed less help breathing, less wires, less tubes, and less support. He has been thriving since his hospital release and we are so thankful for the care he received. He is approaching his first birthday, and we feel that taking picture to capture how far he has come will be healing for us on this journey.

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

A Note From Jen:
Thomas was a full term baby who wound up in the NICU after a traumatic birth. I think we can all agree that he (and big sister Peyton) are absolutely adorable!

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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