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NILMDTS ~ recent article!

Lisa recently contacted me and asked if she could write up an article to post. I feel strongly that the word always be spread about NILMDTS and bereavement photography…

Thank you so much to Lisa Tedder for doing this article…..

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month:

Healing hearts through photography


Photo courtesy of Brenda Bisharat

For so many parents the thought of capturing remembrance images of their baby’s last moments on earth are unbearable, especially for someone like Adrienne.

The images of a dead baby are not the ones that a mother wants to remember. She wants to remember the beauty of her child and wants to be able to share the images without people being afraid or uncomfortable.

While many families do take pictures of their baby’s last moments, so many families wish they had more or better images. That is where the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation can help.


Photo courtesy of Brenda Bisharat

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) is a non-profit organization that offers gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner to families who have lost a baby. They do their best to ensure every family receive their wish of capturing remembrance photos.

NILMDTS is made up of 7,000 volunteer photographers in the U.S. and 25 countries. All photographers graciously donate their time and talents to help grieving families capture the memory of their baby for a lifetime.

One of Sacramento’s NILMDTS Area Coordinator ‘s, Brenda Bisharat, graciously took the time to answer my questions regarding their program.

Do all hospitals in the Sacramento area know about NILMDTS and notify a family of the option to photograph?

Brenda has made a conscious effort to notify and educate the area hospitals of the services NILMDTS provides. However, not all hospitals participate in the program on a regular basis. This is why it is so important to spread the word so that family’s know that this program is an option. Taking remembrance photos is something that must be done right away, so if you are a position of nurse, social worker, or something similar please keep this service in mind. You never know when someone may need it.


Photo courtesy of Brenda Bisharat

What can a family expect during a NILMDTS photo session?

Once an appointment has been a arranged with a NILMDTS coordinator, the photographer will visit the family for a private photo session. The photographer will capture the memory as the family requests, but typically they capture the family with the baby and the details (baby blankets, baby clothing, stuffed animals, etc.).

What can a family expect as a result of the NILMDTS photo session?

The protocol of the organization is to give the family a CD with the edited and worked on, large quality files from the session. Sacramento area photographers will usually give the family a DVD to music of the session as well. Sometimes they will print a few of the photographs for them if they are having a memorial service or they have a special request. All photos and products are free of charge.

Donations are what enable this organization to continue to provide support and resources to families. Donations can be made “In Memory of…”. If you are interested in making a donation, please visit the NILMDTS donation page.

Adrienne did not have the opportunity to have professional portraits of her baby, Summer Olivia, and really wishes she would have known about NILMDTS during her time of need. Please help spread the word so that more families know about NILMDTS.

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