In 2005, one mother and one photographer connected to form a non-profit organization to provide remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby. Since Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) was founded, over 12,000 volunteer photographers have been part of the network. The services reach families in every state in the United States and 40 other countries worldwide.
Our main focus is on the photo sessions for infants who have been or will be lost to critical illness or stillbirth. At the family’s request, one of our volunteer photographers comes to the healthcare facility and performs an onsite photo shoot. The photos are then professionally retouched and presented to the family in a DVD slideshow format with music as well as a CD of high-resolution images.
Services are provided directly to families. While the nurses and social workers are the ones who call us 90% of the time to let us know of a family that is in this situation, and to see if we have a volunteer available, they are simply the “go-between” to inform us there is a need, meaning we are not “vendors” of the hospital, instead we serve as guests of the patient just like chaplains and pastors.
Our affiliated photographers graciously donate their time and talents to the families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost.
We are hoping to find photographers in local counties who would be willing to volunteer. Once we have photographers available, we will introduce our services to hospitals and physicians in the area.
Anyone interested in volunteering, and we need community volunteers as well as photographers, can call me at any time, 530 417-2112. More information can also be found at www.nowilaymedowntosleep.com.
Sacramento-Area CoordinatorNow I Lay Me Down To Sleep