Baby De Mia was born at 27 weeks and spent up until last week in Duke’s ICN. What a true miracle baby!! Her mother was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia and had to deliver immediately to save her own life. To read more about De Mia’s story and help support research and programs for premature babies, head to the March of Dimes – March For Babies event held here in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 27th. You can visit her walker and donation page here: March For Babies | De Mia. You can either donate on De Mia’s page and/or sign up for a walk in your area and help raise money for the March of Dimes. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. This is an organization that inspired me to go to nursing school back in 2005. I have participated/donated every year since. You can help save baby’s lives!!
De Mia was such a sweet little thing, weighing in at 5 lbs for her newborn session yesterday. At 3 months old, she wasn’t my typical newborn but rocked everything I asked of her. Babies that spend any amount of time in an intensive care nursery can react slightly different at a photo shoot and have different needs. I could tell right away what soothing techniques would calm her and they worked instantly. This little girl smiled like crazy yesterday!!! I was so happy to catch a few of them…including one with her in her mamas arms. She gave me such perfect little poses even though she was not as flexible as a typical newborn…it sometimes helped get her into perfect position since she was very good at holding them. Her actual due date isn’t until next week but I know her mama is extremely happy to finally have her home. I just loved hearing about the bond De Mia’s family has with her primary nurses from the ICN at Duke. Truly inspiring for me since I am a nurse and know how much the bonds with families can mean!!