Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

A fellow photographer-friend of mine told me about this amazing organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. I had never heard of it before until recently. Coincidentally the Today Show happened to do a story on NILMDTS shortly after my friend told me about it. Click here to watch it: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/2348143... I immediately applied to be a volunteer photographer, and I am happy to say that I have officially been accepted as part of NILMDTS. You may be wondering what Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is all about. Here is an excerpt from their website:

“Pregnancy and birth are miraculous journeys. This amazing time of life is full of mystery, anticipation, joy, hope, and wonder. Feeling the powerful energy of birth and new life, watching as a new family is born unto each other. These things humble and amaze. These are the things that we celebrate when a baby is born. But there is another aspect of pregnancy and birth. 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 the place where the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart. For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives.The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) administers a network of nearly 3,000 volunteer professional photographers in the United States and eight International 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 an archival DVD or CD that can be used to print portraits of their cherished baby.”

I can’t imagine the heartache these parents must be going through. I have three children of my own so I know the undeniable love they feel for their babies. Thats why I had to join! Not only are the parents mourning their loss, but also celebrating the sacredness of life. If you want to learn more about NILMDTS please visit their website: www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org

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