The mission of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) is to provide remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy. NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the death of an infant.
NILMDTS Remembrance, “Our Journey Together”
We have advanced our mission to provide support for parents and families in healing during their journey after the death of their baby. This includes two key components for the healing journey: an annual Remembrance Walk and Remembrance Care Packages. These two new components were added to NILMDTS in 2014.
In 2004 an annual walk began to honor all the precious babies who have died due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal or any type of pregnancy or infant loss. In the last ten years the walk has become an important event for over 1,400 members and supporters of the pregnancy and infant loss community, which was organized by A Walk to Remember. In 2014, A Walk to Remember joined the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep family. The walk and the care packages will continue under the NILMDTS umbrella. At this time the Remembrance Care Packages are offered in Colorado only.
History of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Maddux Achilles Haggard was born on February 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 Cheryl and Mike Haggard had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support. But 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. Those tender photographs documenting Maddux’s eternal connection with his parents inspired Cheryl and Sandy to begin a nonprofit organization that has provided thousands of families of babies who are stillborn or who die shortly after birth with free professional portraits of their baby.
Since NILMDTS was founded, the organization has grown and has volunteer photographers in every state across the US and has been present in over 40 countries worldwide. Currently, NILMDTS has 1700 active volunteers. To find out more about NILMDTS, visit the NILMDTS International website.