Born Still

Tricia has also written many poems over the years and this particular one has been used by a charitable organisation called 'Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep'. The following is their 'mission statement'.

Mission 
To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. 

Our Work 
NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family's healing process by honoring the child's legacy. 

History 
Maddux Achilles Haggard was born on Feb. 4, 2005, with a condition called myotubular myopathy. It prevented him from breathing, swallowing or moving on his own. On the sixth day of his young life, his parents, Mike and Cheryl Haggard had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support. Before they did, they called photographer Sandy Puc' to take black and white portraits of them cradling their son. Puc' photographed the couple with Maddux at the hospital before he was removed from life support and after — when he was free from the tubes and the wires that had sustained him. 

  “That night was the worst night of my life. But when I look at the images, I am not reminded of my worst night. I’m reminded of the beauty and blessings he brought.” 
    Cheryl Haggard, Maddux’s mother and co-founder of NILMDTS 

Those tender photographs documenting Maddux’s eternal connection with his parents inspired Cheryl Haggard and Sandy Puc' to begin a nonprofit organization that has provided thousands of families of babies who are stillborn or are at risk of dying as newborns with free professional portraits with their baby. 

Sandy and Cheryl founded the organization in April 2005 and called it Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) after the children’s bedtime prayer. 

Reach 
NILMDTS has over 1,700 active photographers around the world. NILMDTS reaches every state in the United States and has been or is present in 40 countries worldwide.

3 comments

  • Elaine Childs

    Elaine Childs United Kingdom

    The poem is lovely, after losing two little boys, the poem expresses how people feel about losing children.

    The poem is lovely, after losing two little boys, the poem expresses how people feel about losing children.

  • Vivien

    Vivien Bedford UK

    Is their a British version of this organisation. ..what a blessing to take those kinds of pictures

    Is their a British version of this organisation. ..what a blessing to take those kinds of pictures

  • Noel & Tricia Richards

    Noel & Tricia Richards

    Vivien: This is the contact page for the organisation. They might be able to let you know, if you send them a note. https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/about/contact/

    Vivien: This is the contact page for the organisation. They might be able to let you know, if you send them a note.
    https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/about/contact/

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