Family FAQ

Who is eligible for the services of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep?

Our guideline for dispatching a volunteer photographer for a Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep session is that the baby be at least 22 weeks gestation. This is a baseline from which medical professionals may deviate based upon their experience. It is possible that babies younger or older than 22 weeks would be either advisable or inadvisable.

What does NILMDTS provide the family?

NILMDTS volunteer photographers provide the free gift of professional quality portraiture. Gently retouched black and white or sepia toned heirloom quality portraits are delivered digitally. A license for usage allows the photographs to be printed by any photo lab.

Normal turn-around time for the families to receive their images is 6-8 weeks on average. If the family requests, most photographers are able to e-mail a few images to the family within a few days in time for a memorial service or funeral.

How does the NILMDTS program work?

At your request, we will have an NILMDTS affiliated photographer come to your hospital or hospice location for a private and sensitive photography session. Our affiliated photographers are dedicated to making this photography session as loving, sensitive and private as possible.

When should I contact NILMDTS?

We request that you contact us as soon as possible. All volunteers either own their own photography studio business or have full time jobs and families. With this in mind, for most cases, expect that it could take at least two hours before a photographer is able to be at the hospital and up to 10-12 hours. Advance notice, when possible, is greatly appreciated (i.e. baby not born yet, scheduled removal of life support, scheduled c-section, etc).

How much will the services of NILMDTS cost?

Our affiliated professional photographers graciously donate their time and talents to our families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost.  Families are given a set of digital images and a license for usage letter which allows them to print the images at a location of their choice at their own cost.