Frequently Asked Questions2019-02-18T22:23:39+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the volunteer hours?2019-02-15T07:42:09+00:00

Please call between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. If there is a Local Area Dispatch Line or Area Coordinator, please only call that number unless you have not heard back within two (2) hours during 7:00am and 10:00pm.

How much will the services of NILMDTS cost?2018-11-29T20:36:49+00:00

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.

When should I contact NILMDTS?2018-11-29T20:34:25+00:00

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 does the NILMDTS program work?2018-11-29T20:34:02+00:00

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.

What does NILMDTS provide the family?2019-03-20T20:33:45+00:00

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. If you have not received your images 8 weeks after your session, please let us know.

Who is eligible for the services of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep?2018-11-29T20:32:49+00:00

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.

How can I support NILMDTS?2018-11-29T21:04:33+00:00

Donations are accepted though our website or by mail. Also, we certainly appreciate your delicate attempt to educate families that this is a volunteer service and the professional photographers perform above and beyond their normal workload. We can provide a high resolution image to families of our logo should they want to mention in a funeral program – for instance – that “in lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of our child to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.”

Testimonials

When the hospital approached us about Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep I was unsure if I wanted images due to the great emotional pain I was in. The private portrait session was done with the utmost care, patience, sensitivity, and love. No one ever felt as though someone was there to just take ‘pictures’, but that you were there with us during the last moments while we held our daughter in our arms. The hospital staff and yourself has made this experience so much easier. We now know that in a blink of an eye the world you have built can come crashing down. Until now we have been like most couples, working way more than we should and focusing on things that we know now are not that important. We are closer as a family and have taken time to re-evaluate our lives. We now cherish every day.  I strongly urge parents to take advantage of the service you provide. Working with you has helped to ease some of our pain and realize that we now have hope for the future.

Eva and Danny, NILMDTS Family

Two women came to our hospital to take pictures of our daughter. You did a wonderful thing for us!! For some reason this morning I have been watching the slideshow repeatedly and am so impressed at how respectfully and beautifully your photographers did their job. I just cannot express how fortunate I feel to be able to look back on pictures of my daughter and not feel like the past is completely lost. Your company does an amazing thing. I have much respect for you and your volunteers. Thank you.

Anonymous, NILMDTS Family

We almost heard about Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep too late. When our daughter passed unexpectedly, we had no knowledge of this service in the hospital. It was only at the funeral home that we were able to capture the images that we will forever cherish. Had we known about the service earlier, we would have been able to capture her at her true essence by having portraits made at the hospital. We want parents to know how important this service is as soon as possible.

Stephanie, NILMDTS Mom

You have given to my son and his wife memories of a son that left this earth too soon. Audrey did a wonderful job capturing the love and peace surrounding Jacob. She was compassionate and very respectful of Jacob’s parents. While I would liked to have met her under different circumstances, I feel very fortunate that she came into our lives at such an important time. You should be very proud to have Audrey on your list of photographers. Thank you for creating Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.  Jacob’s images will be with us always because of it.

Jan McEwan, Jacob’s Grandmother

On Saturday March 17, 2012 around 10:45 am, we said hello and good-bye to our beloved son. It is shocking to know that he is physically no longer with us. Yet we are glad that your organization exists and was able to provide us a lifetime of memories through the baby pictures taken of him. We are so grateful and thank God that we have these pictures to forever treasure our baby angel. May God continue to bless you as you bless and help families through their difficult time.

Anonymous, NILMDTS Family
My family and I haven’t personally thanked you for your services that you did for us. We met on September 10. It was your birthday, your nieces, and my son’s that day. You were so amazing, gentle, and so loving. With you we were able to capture moments, memories of our son that we can cherish forever. They are SO beautiful and I absolutely LOVE them. My husband and I, my family are in debt to you, we can not thank you enough. What you did for us, what you continue to do for others is more than amazing. Angels from above running around with cameras to bless all these families who are hurting. You help ease the pain by giving something back. It may seem small to some, but for us, and I’m going to take a leap and speak for other families; IT IS NOT SMALL. What you are able to give back is hope, faith, pieces of our son that we can have here on Earth. You touched our hearts in so many ways we will never forget. We feel so blessed to have had you be a part of our life, even with the unfortunate circumstance.
Anonymous, NILMDTS Family

On Saturday March 17, 2012 around 10:45 am, we said hello and good-bye to our beloved son. It is shocking to know that he is physically no longer with us. Yet we are glad that your organization exists and was able to provide us a lifetime of memories through the baby pictures taken of him. We are so grateful and thank God that we have these pictures to forever treasure our baby angel. May God continue to bless you as you bless and help families through their difficult time.

Anonymous, NILMDTS Family

When the hospital approached us about Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep I was unsure if I wanted images due to the great emotional pain I was in. The private portrait session was done with the utmost care, patience, sensitivity, and love. No one ever felt as though someone was there to just take ‘pictures’, but that you were there with us during the last moments while we held our daughter in our arms. The hospital staff and yourself has made this experience so much easier. We now know that in a blink of an eye the world you have built can come crashing down. Until now we have been like most couples, working way more than we should and focusing on things that we know now are not that important. We are closer as a family and have taken time to re-evaluate our lives. We now cherish every day.  I strongly urge parents to take advantage of the service you provide. Working with you has helped to ease some of our pain and realize that we now have hope for the future.

Eva and Danny, NILMDTS Family

Two women came to our hospital to take pictures of our daughter. You did a wonderful thing for us!! For some reason this morning I have been watching the slideshow repeatedly and am so impressed at how respectfully and beautifully your photographers did their job. I just cannot express how fortunate I feel to be able to look back on pictures of my daughter and not feel like the past is completely lost. Your company does an amazing thing. I have much respect for you and your volunteers. Thank you.

Anonymous, NILMDTS Family

We almost heard about Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep too late. When our daughter passed unexpectedly, we had no knowledge of this service in the hospital. It was only at the funeral home that we were able to capture the images that we will forever cherish. Had we known about the service earlier, we would have been able to capture her at her true essence by having portraits made at the hospital. We want parents to know how important this service is as soon as possible.

Stephanie, NILMDTS Mom

You have given to my son and his wife memories of a son that left this earth too soon. Audrey did a wonderful job capturing the love and peace surrounding Jacob. She was compassionate and very respectful of Jacob’s parents. While I would liked to have met her under different circumstances, I feel very fortunate that she came into our lives at such an important time. You should be very proud to have Audrey on your list of photographers. Thank you for creating Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.  Jacob’s images will be with us always because of it.

Jan McEwan, Jacob’s Grandmother

To submit your testimonial, or if you are a NILMDTS Family and would like to submit your baby’s story and his/her image, please email us here.

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