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Nurse Provides Photo Shoots for Expectant Moms on Hospital Bed Rest


Kayla McMillan, a labor and delivery nurse at the Duke Birthing Center in Durham, N.C., missed out on a lot of pregnancy-related experiences such as baby showers because she delivered her baby prematurely at only 25 weeks and had to stay at the hospital.

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Kayla McMillan

“It was really surreal just because I work in a place where things happen like this all the time. I am a nurse and I never thought something like that would happen to me. It’s humbling because now I can help moms in the same position that I was in,” McMillan shared with the Inside Edition.

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Kayla McMillan

Knowing how sad it is to miss out on many beautiful pregnancy experiences, McMillan started to put her photography hobby to good use by arranging special maternity photo shoots on hospital grounds for expectant mothers who are confined to the hospital and on bed rest during their pregnancy.

“They’re here for a long stay, I hate that they miss out because they’re stuck in the hospital,” McMillan told People. “That’s something I can do for them. I think it heals my soul a little bit, too. Each time I do it, it heals a little part of me that was a little bit broken. I wish I had a picture of myself pregnant.”

maternity photo shoots

Kayla McMillan

One of the mothers who had her pictures taken by McMillan, 29-year-old Hollie Hawks, was thrilled to have the chance to remember her pregnancy, even though hers was a bit difficult.

“I thought it was so cool, they truly invest in a patient. It gave me a sense of normalcy in the pregnancy that I never had. I have pictures on my phone and I look at them often,” Hawks said.

maternity photo shoots

Kayla McMillan

McMillan may be doing the mothers a favor but her heart had been blessed by the experience as well.

“I see how happy they are [during the photo shoots] so it makes me emotional because I am giving them something they may not have gotten. It heals my heart a little bit when I take the photos because I am getting something that I didn’t get and their smile is my reward,” McMillan said.

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