Monday, November 23, 2015

Teo'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.

“Our miracle, Teo, was born on April 12, 2015 at 27 weeks. He was 2lbs 2oz and 13inches long, tiny but strong. We brought him home after 83days in the NICU and now enjoying every moment spent with him. He is our biggest accomplishment.
My husband and I had no idea about preemies. It was so scary for the first 2 weeks in the NICU. I was crying every day and night. Not knowing the terms doctors and nurses used was so overwhelming. Even a minor issue we were explained at the time, sounded like the end of the world. Our doctors and nurses were so patient and taught us a lot.
Preemies are very resilient; however, it is a roller coaster there. You may have 3 excellent days in a row with weight gain, no issues with breathing or some milestones. All of a sudden your baby may need a blood transfusion or he or she may need to go back to the Cpap or may not maintain their body temperature.
One thing we benefitted the most from was doing kangaroo care as much as we could. We were able to see the changes our baby boy went through. It also helped a lot with increasing my milk supply. I did skin to skin with him at least 3hours everyday.
During our stay at NICU, we also established great friendships with other families there. It helped us a lot to know there were other parents going through the same challenge with us. The lactation room became a meeting point for all mothers where we talked about our babies.
I would recommend any NICU parents to be very close to the doctors and nurses, and ask questions that you may even think it is a stupid one, just ask. Please do not forget the importance of Kangaroo care. Your baby needs you more than you can imagine.

Believe in miracles and know that you already have one. Your baby is so strong and can overcome any given obstacles.”

A Note From Senshi:
“Upon meeting baby Teo's parents, it was clear that they were very outgoing. My session with them was full of fun, even though we had a little trouble with getting baby Teo to smile. He gave us his poker face the entire time, but his parent's laughter and smiles made it up for it in spades! It was truly a wonderful morning spent photographing this lovely family.”

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 Brooklyn, NY.

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

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