Roller-coaster ride in the NICU, not an amusement ride!

Having a baby prematurely can bring such a roller-coaster of emotions and feelings, and that’s understandable. You probably have already had your birth plans dashed because of the medical care required to care for you and then for your baby. You feel the elation of birth and welcoming your baby squelched by fear, often self-blame, uncertainty and a complete sense of lack of control over everything in your life. Tough decisions are now required often and you have so many questions. As a Labor & Delivery/Neonatal Intensive Care nurse I have to say, I understand and I encourage you to share your feelings of fear and anxiety, and ask questions. But most of all stop blaming yourself!

There are many resources available through the March of Dimes and I encourage you to reach out to them. They can help. The staff of qualified medical staff that are now surrounding you are there to listen, answer questions and inform. So share, ask, and listen.

I am Jan Barker, a volunteer family and birth photographer working with the March of Dimes to provide touching images of premature babies in the NICU. I work hard to provide images for families that will touch their hearts now and for years to come as their little ones thrive through very difficult times. I visit the NICU at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Plaza to capture the strength of these little babies, the love their parents have for them, and the joy they bring to all of us.

Meet Tristan & Trinity, quite loved by their BIG brother….

 

Beautiful Emma….

 

Sweet Harmony….

 

Precious Bethany….

 

Adorable little Trestan….

 

Darling little Brody….

 

and finally dearest Keidon

 

If you would like to contact me to capture images of your family, birth, or newborn please feel free to contact me through the contact form or at 785-214-5990. I would love to capture these memories for you as well.

A Mission for Healthier Moms and Healthier Babies

Did you know that premature births has been in decline in the United States and has declined to 9.6%, saving thousands of babies from being born too soon. The March of Dimes works to prevent premature birth through research on the problems that threaten our children, from polio to prematurity, in hopes of finding ways to prevent them. Click on the link to learn more about the Mission of the March of Dimes and the impact they have on our communities.

I am a volunteer photographer for the March of Dimes and work hard to provide images for families that will touch their hearts now and for years to come as their little ones thrive through very difficult times. I visit the NICU at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Plaza to capture the strength of these little babies, the love their parents have for them, and the joy they bring to all of us.

Meet Olivia & Evelyn:

 

It’s a Trio of Love, triplets in the Nicu by Jan Barker

I was so blessed to have the opportunity to capture this family together in the NICU at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza this week. I watched the joy and the love these parents have for these little additions, their excitement to hold them was overflowing. When patience and perseverance pays off in such a grand way, who wouldn’t be overflowing with excitement. I congratulate them on their tiniest little joys they shared with me and thank them for allowing me to be a part.

I provide these images through a volunteer service for the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes provides so many services to families of premature infants already born and their work in preventing premature birth has made great strides in improving outcomes for babies. I have been a proud supporter of the March of Dimes for 35 years, and am happy to provide these images to families.

Meet Richard, Christopher & Lorelei….

 

Tiny Fingers Tiny Toes, a look into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

It is such a pleasure to volunteer for the March of Dimes to provide parents of our tiniest patients keepsake images to lighten their spirits and normalize their lives even if a little bit. We all dream of a perfect arrival of our babies and of taking them home to family and friends shortly after, but sometimes our plans become complicated by either Mom’s health or baby’s health and their arrival comes much sooner than we are prepared for. It is a very scary and frightening time. I hope these images brighten these parents day just a bit and allow them to see their babies from a new perspective of strength, vim, and vigor. They are all so special and oh so adorable.

The March of Dimes is a great resource for information and support, providing services to these families throughout their time in the NICU and connecting them with services beyond discharge.

I want to thank these parents for allowing me into their lives for a moment to meet and capture their beautiful little babies.

Meet Baby Jurnee:

 

and Baby Memphis:

 

and Baby Rafael:

 

and Baby Maxwell and Baby Church:

 

and Baby Huxley:

 

and Baby Tru:

 

and Baby Emmalyn:

 

and Baby Naomi:

 

and Baby Nova:

Our Tiniest Joys, Jan Barker provides images of premature babies in KC metro

I have had the joy of working with the March of Dimes to offer complimentary photos of the NICU babies and their families. What a wonderful way of bringing some normalcy and warm memories during a very difficult and stressful time. Though the environment and conditions of the babies may limit some of the flexibility we might have during a shoot, there are many ways to capture the little things that will bring such love and joy to this early time of your baby’s life when you later look at their images. They have many milestones during their long NICU stays sometimes, and what better way to capture them but through serial sessions throughout their stay. Below is a collection of some of my recent shoots in the NICU at Saint Luke’s on the Plaza.