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...there is seldom money to be found for photography when you are up to your eyeballs in medical bills. The limited photography I do have was all done with my phone, so needless to say the quality is poor and it just does not do the experience justice. Now I sometimes think about the unique opportunities I had to have someone photograph kangaroo care with Cameron, nursing her for the first time, or even the day of her homecoming. I often feel like I’m forgetting how tiny she was, how fragile her skin was, or how soft her hair looked, and in hindsight I am sorely missing those photographs.
— Megan, mom to Cammie Jane

In 2011, when I was pregnant with my first child, I joined an online mom's club with other expectant moms due in the same month. One of the moms, Megan,  delivered a little girl three months early at 26 weeks and 2 days. You can read her incredible and inspiring story here in this blog post. Here is an excerpt: 

"Cameron Jane was born at 1:46 PM on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 26 weeks, 2 days gestation. She was 2 pounds, 2 ounces, measuring 13.5 inches long. Unfortunately she did not come out crying or even attempting to take any breaths, so resuscitation started immediately in the delivery room. After they finished all of the necessary interventions and she stabilized they rolled her isolette over to me while the surgeons were finishing my procedure. She was tiny, but oh so incredibly beautiful. As with any mother meeting their new baby, time seemed to stop when I laid eyes on her. I truly and honestly didn’t see that she was intubated, I didn’t see her umbilical lines, or all the tubes and probes, I literally saw two pounds of perfection. In the face of all the fear and trauma surrounding Cameron’s birth, that moment will never lose its beauty.

.....The hurdles felt never-ending, and there are too many to really count, but after enduring the trials of respiratory distress syndrome, pulmonary edema, congestive heart failure, retinopathy, and chronic apnea, to name a few, Cameron beat it all and came home, turning our darkest days bright. She spent 82 of the longest days in the NICU, and the day we took her home was hands down the best day of my life. 

Two and a half years later, she is the picture of health. She assimilated into her new world very well and really became a perfectly developmentally normal child.... Cameron has been an inspiration to so many and has given people strength and hope, and without even knowing that she has done anything spectacular at all."

Cammie Jane and her parents are nothing short of courageous and simply awesome. I started this program to help NICU families. I wish there wasn't even a need for this type of session, but am honored to be able to help families in some small way by documenting their baby's story. 

 

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.