I have been an affiliated photographer for this organization since 2007 and wanted to share part of the experience and awareness to my readers. So many parents and medical staff are unaware of this important service which is requested by families all over the globe.
Pregnancy and birth are miraculous. This time of life is amazing; full of joy, hope, wonder and anticipation. These are the things that we celebrate when a baby is born. The journey of pregnancy seems to take forever once we know a new birth will bring a miracle into our lives.
However, there is an unexpected place in this journey where some families may find themselves. When a baby dies, a world is turned upside down. There is confusion, sadness, fear, and uncertainty that cannot be explained. “There is sorrow where there should have been joy. During this time, it might be impossible for families to know what they might need in order to heal in the future.” *
This is when the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation gently provides a helping hand and hopefully a healing heart. For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them and sometimes they refuse to accept the services. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. These photographs can be an important part of the healing process. “The NILMDTS mission statement is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the gift of professional portraiture. They believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring their child’s legacy “.*
The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) administers a network of more than 7,000 volunteer photographers in the United States and 25 countries. At a family’s request, a NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer will come to your hospital or hospice location and conduct a sensitive and private portrait session. The portraits are then professionally retouched and presented to the families on a DVD or CD that can be used to print portraits of their cherished baby.
The network of affiliated photographers graciously donate their time and talents to our families and are proud to be able to offer services at no cost. Donations are greatly needed and greatly appreciated.
“The purpose of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation is to touch people’s lives and to be touched by them in return. So, to all parents, we thank you with all our hearts for sharing the gift of your precious children and allowing us into your lives and the life of your child. ” *
Different families deal with their bereavement in many different ways but if the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation can help someone you may know, please spread the word to them. They can reach the foundation’s affiliated photographers through the website www.nowIlaymedowntosleep.org or through your local hospital.
* from the NILMDTS Organization’s web site