Friday, May 1, 2009

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

A photo done by Allen Ansel a NILMDTS photographer
My hands with both boys

"Pregnancy: The state of being with child. [British Medical Dictionary] The beginning of a parent's hopes and dreams. The anticipation of the pitter patter of tiny little feet. A family being born unto each other. No parent ever expects their dream to shatter. But sadly, sometimes this dream can turn into a nightmare.

Each year nearly 3.3 million babies are stillborn, and more than 4 million others die within 28 days of coming into the world. [World Health Organization] With advanced medical technology, it is a parents expectation that those born unto us will out live us. When a baby dies, it is outside the natural order of life and families are left devastated and forever changed.

Every living being instinctually knows how to grieve. It is learning how to heal, that some need help with. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation.

Remembrance Photography is a very important step in this healing process. Photographs are one of the most precious and tangible mementos that a parent can have, showing the love and bond that was given and shared with their baby. These portraits will last for generations, and will honor and remember a tiny life that is forever loved and cherished."

I wanted to share this with all of you. I took this off of NILMDTS website. A wonderful photographer, Allen Ansel, came late on call that Saturday night back in December to be an angel to our family as we now have pictures to cherish forever. Be sure and have tissue handy if you check out their website . What a beautiful tribute to all the short precious lives that have touched many.

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