The Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation is wonderful! This foundation is not just for OI Type II cases, but for any situation where baby is not expected to survive. They are a foundation full of Professional Photographers who will come to the hospital, if they are available, for during and following delivery, and they will take photos for you at no charge! Now, you may think, “Why would I want a stranger in the delivery room, especially during such a hard time?” or “Why would I want pictures taken of such a tragic event?” But, I promise those are moments that you will want to remember forever and that you will want to be able to look back on! I went into labor early and in the middle of the night, so none of the ladies working for the foundation, in my area, were able to make it. But, I did have an amazing hospital who was prepared for my situation and they provided a camera and one of my nurses was kind enough to take tons of pictures for us and we cherish them so much! The moments that she was able to catch in photos are moments that are just absolutely amazing. Plus, you have to remember that during labor, delivery and after, especially in a tough situation like these, emotions are on high, everything is crazy, you will most likely receive medicine to help with labor pains and if you are like us and all of this happens in the middle of the night, you will all be exhausted on top of it all, so photos will also catch moments that you may not be able to remember clearly or at all, or moments that your family members missed out on. We will be forever thankful for ours and that we made the decision to have them taken. I look at our pictures almost everyday, just to remember and to keep Aleena’s memory alive! So, just keep all of that in mind when making a decision! If you decide you would like to try and get a Photographer through the foundation, go to:
At the top of the page, there will be a button that says “FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER”, that you can click on. It will then give you their terms for you to agree to and then ask for your zip code. Once your zip code is entered, it will give you a list, if there is anyone who serves your area and it will tell you who to contact!
Please remember that the photographers who participate in this foundation are doing this for NO CHARGE and are only doing this to help families in a difficult time. Because this is a free service, they receive a lot of calls from other families going through the same thing and they can only be in one place at a time. So, you should be prepared and have a back up plan, just in case they can not make it to you at your time of delivery!