Photographer Father Captures Life In The Three Weeks Following The Birth Of His Premature Daughter - huangmenders.com

March 24, 2016

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by Kelly Larsen

Unless you’ve gone through it yourself, it’s impossible to understand the stress and fear that new parents go through when something is wrong with their baby’s health. Daniel Farber Huang knows this all too well, as his baby Thalia was born 49 days early and spent 3 weeks at the hospital in the care of doctors and nurses. Here, Thalia is shown wearing monitor sensors, which she must have on every day.

Premature baby Thalia born 7 weeks premature. At 33-weeks-old, Thalia is cared for in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit in Hamilton, New Jersey. Continued advances in medical science increase the chances for younger and younger prematurely-born infants to survive.


Many issues can accompany premature births, and because of this, these babies often must spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Thalia was cared for at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey, and her parents nervously waited with her. Daniel is also a photographer, and he beautifully captured his experience at the hospital during this frightening time.


One of his many photos documents Thalia as she is fed milk through a tube, since she had not developed the muscle coordination to breathe, suck and swallow all at the same time.

Premature baby Thalia is fed through a feeding tube inserted into her stomach through her small nose, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, Hamilton, New Jersey. Thalia has not yet developed the muscular coordination to breathe, suck and swallow at the same time.

The little one also had to learn things like proper burping technique,

Premature baby Thalia born 7 weeks premature. At 33-weeks-old, Thalia is cared for in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital  Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit in Hamilton, New Jersey. Continued advances in medical science increase the chances for younger and younger prematurely-born infants to survive.

and she had to stay in an incubator for much of her time at the hospital.

Premature baby Thalia is confined to her incubator, comforted by her pacifier in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital  Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit in Hamilton, New Jersey. Born seven weeks premature, Thalia's developing eyes are protected prior to her phototherapy treatments to reduce her jaundice, a condition common in premature infants.

As Daniel puts it, “From a parent’s perspective, science applied to an infant is both miraculous and terrifying at the same time.” He watched as his daughter slowly gained all of the strength and skills she needs to live a healthy life.

Premature baby Thalia born 7 weeks premature. At 33-weeks-old, Thalia is cared for in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital  Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit in Hamilton, New Jersey. Continued advances in medical science increase the chances for younger and younger prematurely-born infants to survive.

After 3 weeks had passed, she was finally ready to go home. Daniel captured the very happy moment in a photo that shows Thalia all bundled up in her parent’s arms, probably just as relieved as her mom and dad that she is home at last.

Premature baby Thalia lies in her mother's arms, inside the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, Hamilton, New Jersey. Thalia was only thirty- three weeks old when she was born.

The series of photos is incredible, and we’re so glad Thalia was able to go home a healthy baby! We wish the family all the best.

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Premature baby Thalia on her first day home after spending 21 days at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.
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